By Jason McDonald | The Playlist June 5, 2013 at 11:18AM
If movies were stocks, I’d tell you to invest your retirement funds into rapture/end of the world flicks. Coming out on this side of 2012, I would’ve thought that particular genre would be all dried up, but they seem to be in demand. “After Earth” and “Oblivion” explored Earths that were ravaged by disaster and there’s still “The World’s End”, “This is the End," and “Rapture-Palooza” left to go. Now HBO is getting in on the end of world with Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” which just found its lead actor.
Actor, writer, and director Justin Theroux has been approached to star in the Rapture-themed drama pilot for HBO. The project has been steadily building steam over the last few months with Peter Berg recently being attached to direct the pilot, in the series based on a book of the same name written by Tom Perrotta ("Little Children"). The novel takes place after the Rapture has occurred and examines the lives of those that weren’t chosen. Perrotta will join Lindelof in penning the script for the series.
Deadline is reporting that Theroux will play “chief of police Kevin Garvey, a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion.” Promising concept, but let's hope Lindelof can pull it off.