Taye Diggs — who’s currently recurring on Fox’s Empire as Taraji P. Henson’s love interest, Angelo Dubois — has been tapped by ABC to star in its apocalyptic drama pilot “Doomsday,” the network announced today.
The hour-long thriller, which hails from “Justified” writers Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd, with “CSI” vet Carol Mendelsohn executive producing, centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the book is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe that’s just like one of the ideas from the pages of the now missing book of doomsday scenarios actually happens, the team is brought back years later to prevent further disasters from.
Diggs has signed up to play Dr. Chris Davis, a Navy SEALs star who has come to be dubbed “Captain America by way of Harvard.” He holds a PhD in anthropology and a masters in military strategy. But unlike your average soldier or sailor, Chris is not one to blindly follow orders. He’s a devoted family man, tough and tenacious, and a member of the former Doomsday Project think tank, who is now being summoned again to thwart an imminent attack – the first real military situation he’s been a part of since the program shut down years previously.
Joining Diggs in “Doomsday” are Rachelle Lefevre, Jack Davenport and Dan Byrd.
Should the pilot get picked up to series, Diggs may have to say goodbye to “Empire.”