David E. Kelly has just hired the lead for his adaptation of the BBC hit series Life on Mars. According to Variety, Jason O'Mara will be stepping into the shoes of detective Sam Tyler.

The show revolves around O'Mara's P.I. He finds himself back in the 1970s, where he must battle a serial killer that has something to do with the present day abduction of his girlfriend.

Kelley stated, "This is a complicated character with many colors. After an exhaustive search, we're thrilled to have cast Jason O'Mara. He is a tremendous talent."

The show starts shooting on Aug. 14th, and will be ready for midseason consideration.

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