Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC’s magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David DiGilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master (McCallany) to bring down an international crime lord.

McCallany’s Andriv Vorobin is a former prize fighter and an expert in MMA, still formidable in the ring, who runs a gym in New York while also heading the local YOMI.

McCallany, repped by Atlas Artists, APA and attorney Rick Genow, underwent extensive boxing training for his starring role as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion in FX drama series Lights Out and took MMA lessons for his role in the UPN series Freedom. The actor, most recently seen in Michael Mann’s Blackhat, next will be seen in Warner Bros.’ Run All Night and Sony’s The Perfect Guy and Paramount’s Monster Trucks. On TV, he has been recurring on Blue Bloods.