EXCLUSIVE: Jason O’Mara in talks to star in Terra Nova

omaraJason O’Mara is finalizing his deal to star in Terra Nova, Fox’s midseason series produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. The pact had been in the works for the past two weeks.

Terra Nova, one of the highlights at the Fox upfront presentation, centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. O’Mara will play Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a checkered past who guides his family through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Alex Graves recently came on board to direct the pilot for the series, which is produced by 20th TV, DreamWorks TV, Kapital Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment.