Don Hany, an established Australian TV actor who is virtually unknown in the U.S., has been tapped as the male lead in ABC’s medical drama pilot Warriors, from writer Chris Keyser, Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. Inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Warriors follow the best and brightest active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine. Hany will play trauma surgeon George Mann, who can’t stop taking care of these men, though it nearly breaks his heart, every day. This marks the first major Hollywood gig for Hany, who doesn’t have U.S. representation yet. He is well known in Australia, where he has a long list of TV and film credits, including series White Collar Blue and film Lucky Miles. He is getting strong early reviews for his starring role in Craig Monahan’s feature Healing. Repped in Australia by Shanahan Management.
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Hany is expected to be one of many non-American actors to land major roles in pilots this season, a trend that has accelerated over the past few years as the volume of original series increased dramatically with the entrance in the space by cable networks and streaming services. “The talent pool has been stretched even more ridiculously thin this season between all of the original scripted in production on network, cable, premium cable, Netflix, Amazon and everything in between,” an industry insider said. “I think you’ll see more and more actors from the UK, Australia, Europe, etc. booking roles in U.S. pilots.” Today alone, two pilot leads went to foreign actors, Hale and Scottish actress Karen Gillan, who was tapped as the lead of ABC’s comedy pilot Selfie.