Deadwood alum W. Earl Brown and Michael Lindall have been cast opposite Matthew Goode in WGN America’s alien-saga pilot Roadside Picnic, based on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Terminator: Genisys and Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind. The story also explores the social ramifications of their visit, as seen through the eyes of Red (Goode), a veteran “Stalker” who has made it his mission to illegally venture into the once-inhabited zone and scavenge the abandoned remains of the alien culture.

Brown will play Buzzard, a veteran and affluent Stalker who considers himself the de facto leader of his criminal cohorts. Lindall is Tender, a brave and daring Army vet recruited to join Red’s excursion into the zone.

Brown, repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and manager Lynn Rawlins, recently was seen as a regular in AMC’s Preacher. Lindall recurs in Tim Kring’s new series Guilt and had a supporting role in Farren Blackburn’s Hammer of the Gods. He’s repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment, and Denton Brierley in the UK.