Ernie Hudson has been cast in NBC’s Quantum Leap, a reboot of the beloved 1990s sci-fi drama. He’ll play opposite Raymond Lee in the hourlong pilot.
The reboot is written and executive produced by La Brea executive producers Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt and executive produced by Blindspot creator Martin Gero as well as Quantum Leap creator, executive producer Don Bellisario and executive producer, co-narrator Deborah Pratt.
The reboot is set in the present day and begins 30 years after Dr Sam Beckett vanished after stepping into the Quantum Leap accelerator. A new team is assembled to continue the project in order to unravel the mysteries of the machine and the man who built it.
As reported previously, Lee plays the lead, Dr Ben Seong, a world-renowned physicist working on a time-travel project known as Quantum Leap who gets stuck in the late 1980s with amnesia after using the technology.
Hudson portrays Herbert “Magic” Williams, a Vietnam veteran and head of the time travel project at Quantum Leap. Using a bit of politicking and his military know-how to keep the Pentagon at bay, Magic buys the team some time to rescue Ben but expects answers once he’s back.
You may remember Ernie Hudson as Admiral Frost, the father of Detective Barry Frost in Rizzoli and Isles. Hudson currently executive produces and stars in the BET series The Family Business and will next be seen in the upcoming third season of Showtime’s City on a Hill and in the Catherine Hardwicke film Prisoner’s Daughter opposite Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale.
He recently reprised his signature character Winston Zeddemore in the new Jason Reitman movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife and wrapped the Bobby Farrelly-directed Champions opposite Woody Harrelson.