Renowned Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24) has been tapped for a key role in Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi drama pilot based on Michel Faber’s cult hit book The Book of Strange New Things. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, the authoritative head of the base on Oasis, joining previously announced Richard Madden and Haley Joel Osment.

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The still untitled TV adaptation follows a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it. Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) is writing the pilot and exec producing. Andy Harries (Strike Back) produces with Lila Rawlings (Left Bank Productions). Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) directs. The one-hour drama pilot is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions.

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Kapoor’s acting career has spanned 36 years, with appearances in more than 150 films.  He’s particularly known for his role as Prem in Slumdog Millionaire and as President of the fictional Republic of Kamistan on 24. He also starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Kapoor acquired the remake rights for 24, a series which went on to become the most awarded Indian television show of 2014, with 32 nominations and 16 wins, including the Indian Television Academy Award for best actor for Kapoor’s portrayal of the lead role of Jai Singh. Kapoor is repped by David Unger at Three Six Zero Entertainment.