Michael Ausiello
July 24, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Depending on how successful you were at solving my Life on Mars-themed asterisk quiz last week, this next scoop is either yesterday’s news or as fresh as a summer breeze.

After months of topsy-turvy negotiations, Oscar nominated thesp Harvey Keitel has officially inked a deal to join the cast of ABC’s forthcoming Americanized redo of Life on Mars. He’ll play Det. Gene Hunt, the hard-nosed, iron-fisted head of the homicide department. Philip Glenister originated the role in the British version.

Keitel joins previously announced cast members Jason O’Mara and Michael Imperioli.

OK, Mars fanatics, it’s weigh-in time: Is Keitel a worthy successor to Glenister? Does this piece of casting make you more/less inclined to watch? Were you among the precious few who correctly solved the asterisk quiz? Sound off below!

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