Justin Theroux Lands Lead in HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

Jennifer Aniston can now say she’s on the arm of a leading man.

Her fiancé, Justin Theroux, has been tapped to star in HBO’s new pilot about the apocalypse, The Leftovers. Based Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book of the same name, the show takes place three years after a Rapture-like event, chronicling what happens to those “who didn’t make the cut” in a “world that will never be the same,” according to the logline.

Theroux will take the role of police chief Kevin Garvey, a father of two who is trying to hold on to some sense of status quo in this brand new world.

Perrotta will executive produce and co-write the pilot along with Lost co-creator, Damon Lindelof, while Peter Berg, the brain behind the brilliance of cult-favorite Friday Night Lights, will direct.

This won’t be Theroux’s first foray into television. The actor-writer-director previously proved his Thespian chops in guest spots on shows like Parks & Recreation and even HBO’s own Six Feet Under, Sex and the City and John Adams. But if the network orders a full series, The Leftovers will mark Theroux’s first leading role stint on the small screen.