Billy Burke’s recent role upgrade in the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke pilot in the works for NBC is just one more reason to cross my fingers that the project works out. As Burke proved to be my favorite thing about the Twilight movies, playing the role of the caring, protective and subtly humorous father to Bella Swan, I’d be very interested to see how the actor handles a lead role.

In development at NBC is a drama pilot by Lost’s J.J. Abrams and Supernatural’s Eric Kripke, which takes place in a world where all energy has mysteriously disappeared. Yesterday we learned that Billy Burke, who was originally set to play the role of a marine in the drama formerly titled Revolution, was bumped up to the lead role as Miles, a resourceful but possibly dark and dangerous survivor in the story. That left his recently vacated role open for recasting and it looks like they’ve decided to go with someone who’s had some experience in an NBC drama.

According to TV Line, The Cape’s David Lyons has signed on to take over Burke’s role. Unless they’re doing a bit of tinkering with the role, it’s likely that the Aussie actor will be adjusting his accent to play an American marine for this drama project.

The shuffling is interesting, especially considering how fast the part was recast. I have to wonder if Lyons might not have been up for the lead already or if this is just a matter of his name coming up once Burke’s old role was available. Either way, I liked him in The Cape, so as far as I’m concerned, this is just one more bit of good casting. Lyons joins Burke and previously cast Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time, Breaking Bad) in the pilot.

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