'Terra Nova' Updates: 'Avatar' Baddie Stephen Lang Eyes Role, Executive Producer David Fury Leaves

It's been reported that 'Avatar' star Stephen Lang is interested in playing a lead role opposite Jason O'Mara in Fox's big-budget, new prehistoric drama 'Terra Nova.'

According to deadline.com Lang is in talks to play the role of Frank Taylor, the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement. He was apparently an early favorite for the role but other commitments prevented him from pursuing it until he just became available and received an offer from the 'Terra Nova' producers.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that powerhouse executive producer David Fury ('24,' 'Lost') is leaving the series due to "creative differences." A source close to the production said that "he was beloved by the producers on the show, but it just didn't work out."

Fury will not be replaced, so showrunner Brannon Braga ('FlashForward,' 'Star Trek: Enterprise') will now be the drama's sole writing executive producer. The other executive producers, Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, are remaining in place.

'Terra Nova' is set in a dystopian future where humans live in on a dying planet. Jason O'Mara will play Jim Shannon, a father in the year 2149 who travels back in time with his family to the prehistoric era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up.

Tony-nominated stage actor Lang has guest-starred on numerous TV dramas including various branches of the 'Law & Order' franchise and 'Psych.' He gained new recognition after 'Avatar,' in which he played the brutal Colonel Miles Quaritch

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the drama and the pilot -- to be helmed by Alex Graves ('Fringe') -- will begin filming in Australia next month. The series is expected to launch in October 2011, with a preview airing May 2011.

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