Actor agrees to first-ever regular TV role

Harvey Keitel has agreed to his first-ever regular TV series role, joining the cast of ABC’s upcoming “Life on Mars” adaptation.

Keitel is aboard to play Det. Gene Hunt, who heads up the homicide department and is known for using any means necessary to do his job.

“Life on Mars” – which has been completely revamped from its earlier pilot – is now set to start shooting in New York on Aug. 5. Keitel is set to star alongside Jason O’Mara (who plays lead character Det. Sam Tyler), as well as Michael Imperioli (Det. Ray Caling) and Jonathan Murphy (Det. Chris Skelton).

“Life on Mars” revolves around O’Mara’s character, a contemporary cop who wakes up in the 1970s after a car crash. Show is based on the U.K. skein of the same name.

Keitel’s smallscreen credits include ABC’s “The Path to 9/11,” CBS’ “Fail Safe” and HBO’s “Head Above Water.”

Twentieth Century Fox TV and ABC Studios are behind “Life on Mars,” which is exec produced by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.

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