America Olivo (Chicago PD) and British actor Mark Leslie Ford are set as series regulars on The CW’s Untitled Mars Project pilot, from CBS TV Studios.

Written by Doris Egan (Reign), the thriller follows a team of explorers who arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons. Olivo will play Captain Gautier, the woman in charge on the mission. Ford will play Friedman, a director and documentarist hired to capture the recruiting process and mission to Mars.

Olivo has an upcoming recurring role on FX’s The Strain which returns this summer. She’s repped by Talentworks and Vanguard Management and The Characters Agency in Canada. Ford is repped by Armada Partners and attorney Chad Christopher at SGSBC.