CBS has set James Wolk as the star of its summer drama series “Zoo,” based on the James Patterson bestseller.

Wolk will play a renegade zoologist who is tasked with trying to figure out why animals are suddenly attacking humans.

“Zoo” marks a return to the Eye for Wolk, who co-starred in the Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” during the 2013-14 season. Wolk has become a highly sought-after leading man after much praised turns in AMC’s “Mad Men” and Fox’s “Lone Star.”

The launch of CBS TV Studios’ “Zoo” is a big priority for the Eye next year as it looks to continue its momentum with original summer series. The series has a heavy-hitter list of TV drama vets as writers/exec producers — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg — along with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson is on board to direct.

“Zoo” will bow next summer as part of an original slate that will include season three of “Under the Dome” and season two of Halle Berry starrer “Extant.”

Wolk is repped by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.