Marley Shelton To Topline Lifetime Pilot ‘The Lottery’; Noah Bean In Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’

EXCLUSIVE: Marley Shelton (Eleventh Hour) is set as the lead in Lifetime’s dystopian-future drama pilot The Lottery, written by Timothy J. Sexton and directed by Danny Cannon. The Warner Horizon-produced conspiracy thriller is set in a world where women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. The series centers on Dr. Alison Scott (Shelton), the brilliant fertility specialist whose breakthrough in fertilizing 100 viable eggs may have life-and-death consequences she could not have anticipated.

Related: Lifetime Casts Trio In Pilot ‘The Lottery’

Noah Bean is reuniting with his Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford in 12 Monkeys, Syfy‘s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie. Also joining the pilot, from Universal Cable Prods. and Atlas Entertainment, is Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (Damages), who will guest star.

Related: Aaron Stanford & Amanda Schull To Topline Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys’

12 Monkeys follows the journey of Cole (Stanford), a desperate and haunted time traveler from the postapocalyptic near future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that eventually will decimate the human race. Bean, repped by Gersh and Velocity Entertainment, plays Aaron Marker, a political strategist whose relationship with Cassandra Railly (female lead Amanda Schull) is torn apart by Cole’s appearance. Aaron tries to protect Cassandra but is pulled in to the conspiracy to end the world. Ivanek, repped by SMS Talent and Leading Artists, will play Leland Frost, a brilliant venture capitalist and philanthropist behind cutting-edge biological research. His charming and debonair exterior hides a ruthless drive that may bring mankind to extinction.

Comments (5)

  • So Sexton just changed the name of his script, Children of Men, and sold it again? Brilliant.

    Comment by lemon — Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 7:57pm PST  
  • Read both of these and enjoyed them but neither concept felt sustainable. Both struck me more as events.

    Comment by Frank — Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 10:07pm PST  
  • I’m tired of Željko Ivanek. He plays the same role over and over. Can they finally hire him and give him some interesting character to play? The one that will be good guy, won’t turn bad eventually and won’t die after 2-3 episodes? Like make him a real person who has feelings and personality. Because I saw Željko Ivanek so much in so many shows or movies and I can’t even name you one his character that I remembered. Usually they are all shady bad guys that die.

    Comment by St — Friday November 22, 2013 @ 4:21am PST  
  • How does THE LOTTERY fit the Lifetime Network brand?!?!

    Comment by Jared — Friday November 22, 2013 @ 7:41am PST  
    • It’s the ultimate ticking-biological-clock dystopian fantasy! Perfect for Lifetime angst. I’ll pass, but I like the 12 Monkeys cast.

      Comment by and I'm a girl... — Friday November 22, 2013 @ 10:54am PST  
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