ABC adds 'Lost' alum to cast of fantasy drama

The casting of Dominic Monaghan offers the strongest evidence yet that ABC sees “FlashForward” as the next “Lost.”

The “Lost” alum was officially unveiled Friday as an addition to the cast of the Alphabet’s fantasy drama during the Comic-Con sesh on the show, which has a large ensemble anchored by Joseph Fiennes. Producers didn’t offer much in the way of specifics on Monaghan’s character other than to say his name is Simon. He’ll join the show early on in its run but does not appear in the pilot.

Monaghan’s surprise appearance at the “FlashForward” sesh was, needless to say, enthusiastically received by the Comic-Con crowd. Monaghan’s “Lost” character, Charlie Pace, died at the end of the show’s third season, but he remains a fan fave.

Gabrielle Union is also signing on to the show in a recurring role. She’ll play a criminal defense attorney who becomes involved romantically with one the core characters.

“FlashForward” is ABC’s biggest drama bet for the fall. Series revolves around the aftermath of a mysterious event when everyone in the world blacks out and is given a glimpse of their future. Others in the ensemble include Courtney B. Vance, John Cho, Jack Davenport and another “Lost” vet, Sonya Walger.

ABC Studios skein is exec produced by David S. Goyer, Brannon Braga, Marc Guggenheim and Jessika Borsiczky Goyer. Goyer and Braga penned the pilot.

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