NBC’s Quantum Leap reboot pilot has added a legendary actor.
Per Deadline, Ernie Hudson is set to join the cast of the pilot for NBC’s reboot of Quantum Leap. He will play a lead alongside Raymond Lee, who joins the series as a character named Dr. Ben Seong. Hudson’s role will be that of Herbert “Magic” Williams, a Vietnam veteran and head of the time travel project at Quantum Leap. His character is said to use a “bit of politicking and his military know-how to keep the Pentagon at bay” in order to help Ben bring back after he gets stuck in the 80s.
The synopsis for the series describes it as being a follow-up to the original, with the story jumping ahead 30 years, trying to offer answers from the original series, while also introducing viewers to a new team.
It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.
The reboot will be written and executive produced by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, as well as Martin Gero. The creator of the original series, Don Bellisario, returns to produce the reboot, alongside Deborah Pratt, who also served as a narrator on the original series.