Neal Bledsoe (The Mysteries of Laura) has been tapped for a lead role in The CW’s Untitled Mars Project pilot, from CBS TV Studios.

Written by Doris Egan (Reign), the thriller follows an explorer team that arrives 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. Bledsoe plays Lewis, handsome, charming, brilliant and resolute, the clear first choice for the first colonizing expedition to Mars. Lewis is in charge of selecting the best to follow him to the Red Planet and winds up falling in love with one of them in the process. He joins previously cast Mouzam Makkar, Carl Beukes, Tongayi Chirisa and Peter Mark Kendall.

Bledsoe’s recent TV work includes playing Tony, Laura’s love interest on The Mysteries of Laura. He was a series regular on Ironside and recurred on The Man in the High Castle, and Smash. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.