Jolene Purdy (Glee, Donnie Darko) and Nicholas Strong (Nashville) are set to star in the new Steven Spielberg / Stephen King TV drama Under the Dome.
The new 13-episode series from the two iconic storytellers is based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel of the same name and centres around a small New England town that becomes sealed off from the world by an oversized transparent dome. The show follows the citizens of the town and their quest for survival as they try to learn more about the dome and how to ultimately set themselves free of it.
According to Deadline, Purdy is set to play a character called Dodee, a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who will draw on her unique skills in an effort to make contact with the world outside the dome. Strong will play Phil, a popular radio DJ and indie rock fanatic, who is a charismatic figure with a dark secret.
Director Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will direct the first episode of the sci-fi drama, while other confirmed cast members include Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Natalie Martinez (CSI: New York), Colin Ford (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and newcomer Alex Koch.