Austin Nichols has been cast in the title roll of David Milch's one-hour drama John From Cincinnati Meets The Surfing Yosts, set in the world of Southern California surfing, reports Production Weekly.

Nichols, who recently made an appearance in Milch's Deadwood, as Wyatt Earp's murderous brother Morgan, joins previously cast Bruce Greenwood, Luis Guzman and Brian Van Holt.

The dysfunctional Yost family of Imperial Beach--patriarch Mitch (Greenwood), a former surfing star who can now levitate (slightly), married to the aggressively unhappy Cissy, parents of the drug-addicted, dissolute Butchie (Van Hol), also a former surfing champ and the father himself to the talented but resentful skateboarder Shaun--find their lives disrupted by the arrival of the dim but wealthy John From Cincinnati (Nichols), a boarding savant who's come to take lessons from Butchie, and Barry Cunningham From Azusa, whose personal connection to the Yost family has him returning to Imperial Beach to avenge a wrong done to him, by them, 23 years ago.

Emmy winner Mark Tinker will direct the pilot, written by Milch and author Kem Nunn, next month in LA.

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