Lefevre tries out Life on Mars

Rachelle Lefevre has landed the female lead in Life on Mars, playing a detective in David E. Kelley's drama pilot for ABC.

Life on Mars is based on the BBC series and centers on a detective who finds himself transported back to 1972 after his girlfriend has been kidnapped. Lefevre will play the lone female in the 1972 police department, who forges a mystic bond with the mysterious detective and teams with him to track a serial killer.

Lefevre has had a recurring role on ABC's series What About Brian.

In other pilot casting news:

--Justice co-star Rebecca Mader has landed a co-starring role on ABC's drama pilot Mr. and Mrs. Smith, based on the 2005 feature starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The pilot revolves around John and Jane (Jordana Brewster) Smith, a married couple who are spies. Mader, who appeared in The Devil Wears Prada, will play Jane's former assistant and top associate at the covert ops agency.

--Former ER co-star Michael Michele has been cast in the ABC drama pilot Judy's Got a Gun, a procedural drama about a rookie female detective who struggles to balance her personal life as a single mother with her job investigating suburban crimes. Michele will play a focused, no-nonsense detective who becomes friends with the main character.

Also cast in Judy's is Steve Sandvoss (Rumor Has It), who will play a germ-phobic detective.

--Dania Ramirez (X-Men: The Last Stand) has been added to the cast of NBC's drama Ft. Pit, set at one of the worst NYPD police precincts in Brooklyn. She'll play a hard-boiled young cop who was once a top narc but got caught using the drugs she confiscated.

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I agree that the premise is different in the US than in the UK, it's a different kind of 70's. That's why a remake makes sense, but it's also why the US version probably won't capture the feel of the original, which is a great part of its appeal. At best, the remake will be a nice companion to the source material, and its own thing. At worst, it'll totally lose what makes it work and become just another botched high concept. Let's wait and see.
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They better atleast keep the brilliant soundtrack.
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i think in this case remaking the show for the US market isn't the worst idea ever. I found the little quirks, sayings, products, sports, houses, routines etc which pop up in the UK version made me and other people i know remember the 70's in a way that can only be truely appreciated if you'd been there. These things will of course be different for the 70's in the US so adapt it for the differing cultures, keep the same premise - can't see how it can screw such a great story up.....can they? :)
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Why oh why do they keep trying to make US versions of British shows? This show will fail. They should just show the BBC version rather than waste millions developing this.
Sci-Fi fans might generally not like this show, but it's not really sci-fi is it? It's a great cop show that highlights the difference between the genre after 30 years. Although, the historical overlap of the main character is pretty cool. I'm definitely looking forward to the second season.
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The original UK version is awesome. This American adaptated series will fail. Sorry David E. Kelly. You've got great shows and all but somehow it will fail to capture what the original UK show has. I think the UK version of "Coupling" was a hilarious show but look at the US version - what a piece of crap!



I will not watch the US LOM.
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I watched Life On Mars, the BBC one and it was really really good.
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Life on Mars is tring to be both science fiction and a mystery show, and will fail.
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I'm not exactly sure why David E. Kelley is bothering with "Life On Mars" - when I first sat down to watch this here in the UK, I was expecting some sort of sci-fi detective show, but it's sadly nothing of the sort at all.

It's more like a third-rate version of "The Sweeney" with some naff device to stage the action in the 1970's instead of present day (clue here: sci-fi fans stay away, there's virtually nothing in it for you).

I wonder if Rachelle Lefevre's Heather/Summer ex-stripper character will get written out of "What About Brian" if a full run of "Life On Mars" gets taken up? I'd rather see her in WAB than LOM...
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