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'Fringe' finds young tough

31 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Australian actress Anna Torv is J.J. Abrams' latest discovery.

The newcomer to the U.S. has been tapped as the lead in Fringe, Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Veteran TV and stage actress Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole also have joined the cast.

The two-hour pilot, being directed by Alex Graves, centers on Olivia Warren (Torv), a young, tough FBI agent who is forced to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena and work with Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), an institutionalized scientist whose work might be at the center of a coming storm.

On the Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot drama, Brown will play the brilliant Nina Cord, a 16-year veteran at Prometheus Corp., a cutting-edge research facility. Nicole will play the recurring role of Astrid, a stunning federal assistant.

The three join the previously cast Noble, Lance Reddick and Kirk Acevedo.

Abrams is known for breaking new female talent on his TV series with the casting of Keri Russell on Felicity, Jennifer Garner on Alias and Evangeline Lilly on Lost.

In her native Australia, Torv has co-starred on such TV series as The Secret Life of Us and Young Lions. She is repped by Endeavor. »

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