Elyes Gabel will play the eccentric genius at the center of the action in “Scorpion,” the CBS pilot helmed by Justin Lin.

Penned by Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton, the procedural drama follows Gabel’s Walter as he oversees a network of savvy brainiacs who are our last hope in the fight against the complex threats of the modern age. Gabel, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Body of Proof” and “World War Z,” joins “True Blood’s” Robert Patrick in the cast.

Lin, Santora and Wootton are exec producing the CBS Television Studios pilot, along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Heather Kadin through K/O Paper Products, Scooter Braun through his SB Productions and Walter O’Brien. Co-EPs are Danielle Woodrow and SB Productions’ Scott Manson. Troy Craig Poon is producing through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment and Scott Manson is producing through SB Productions.

The London-born Gabel is repped by Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Troika.