Eccleston is one of four new additions to the cast, joining leading man Justin Theroux in the pilot directed by Peter Berg and co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s 2011 novel.
The story is set after the Rapture happens with unexpected results. Eccleston will play Matt Jamison, a Reverend-turned-tabloid editor.
Also joining the pilot are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” Tony nominee Carrie Coon as a wife and mother “left behind” when her family is Rapture-d, Ann Dowd (“Compliance,” “Side Effects”) as a leader in a cult-like organization and Amanda Warren (“The Closer”) as a local mayor.
In addition to his role in reviving the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” Eccleston previously recurred on American television in “Heroes.”