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Natalie Abrams
November 11, 2014 AT 11:27 PM EST

James Wolk has landed the starring role on CBS’ adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Zoo, EW has confirmed.

The Crazy Ones and Lone Star alum will play Jackson Oz, a young renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals, which leads to a wave of violent animal-on-human attacks across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning and ferocious, Oz is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for humanity to hide.

The global thriller hails from executive producers Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg, who will also write. Patterson, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen will also executive produce. Brad Anderson will direct.

Zoo will debut in summer 2015.

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