Jorge Garcia, aka Hurley from Lost, has been cast in a lead role in the new Fox series Alcatraz. Both Lost and Alcatraz were developed under J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and reportedly, this new role was written specifically for Garcia.
We also know now what the new show is about. Overseen by Lost writing alumni Elizabeth Sarnoff, Alcatraz tells the story of a group of Alcatraz prisoners and guards who went missing thirty years ago, when the prison was still open, and who reappear in the present day. The show follows an FBI team that tries to track down these returned individuals and piece together the mystery of their disppearance.
Garcia is set to play a “hippy geek” expert on Alcatraz named Dr. Diego Soto, who works with the FBI team.
Production on Alcatraz begins in January.