J.J. Abrams / Alfonso Cuarón NBC drama pilot Believe casts co-lead

J.J. Abrams never seems to have too much on his plate. Not content with helming arguably two of the biggest franchises in cinematic history in Star Trek and Star Wars, his new TV pilot with Oscar nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) is gathering pace.

According to Deadline, Jake McLaughlin (Savages) is set to star in the Abrams/Cuarón collaboration Believe. The new NBC pilot, written by Cuarón and Mark Friedman, is about the unlikely relationship between Bo – a girl in possession of a great gift / powers, which will come into their own in seven years – and Tate (McLaughlin), the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down. Cuarón is directing the pilot, and he is also executive producing with Friedman, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

McLaughlin has appeared in Super 8, a previous J.J. Abrams project, and he can also be seen in the forthcoming James Franco feature Black Dog, Red Dog, which is based on a book of poems by Stephen Dobyns, and features a host of familiar faces such as Olivia Wilde (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Chloe Sevigny (Lovelace) and Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost).