'Breaking Bad's' Dean Norris to Star in CBS' 'Under the Dome'

Lesley Goldberg
The Hollywood Reporter

CBS' Under the Dome has found its star.

Breaking Bad's Dean Norris has been tapped to play the leading role of Big Jim in the network's sci-fi drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the book by Stephen King, the summer series follows residents in the community of Chester's Mill  as they deal with the postapocalyptic conditions that ensue when a strange dome mysteriously encapsulates the town.

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Norris will play Big Jim, the successful owner of Chester's Mill's used car dealership and a town councilman who takes his position seriously.

CBS Television Studios will produce the drama, which was picked up straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Neal Baer (A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU), King, Justin FalveyDarryl FrankStacey Snider and comic scribe Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last ManLost) -- who penned the Under the Dome television adaptation -- will serve as executive producers. Director Niels Arden Oplev (Unforgettable, Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode. 

Norris joins a cast that includes Pan Am's Mike Vogel, True Blood's Aisha HindsSecret Circle's Britt RobertsonCSI: NY'Natalie MartinezJolene PurdyNicholas StrongAlex Koch and Colin Ford.

Norris, who played Walter White's brother in law on Breaking Bad, is repped by Industry Entertainment.

Under the Dome premieres June 24 on CBS. 

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