Under the Dome

Her character might get trapped, but I’m sure actress Natalie Martinez is thrilled to win a place on the cast of Under the Dome. The Stephen King novel has inspired a 13-episode series that will premier this summer, to be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS TV Studios. You can expect the casting decisions to keep rolling in.

We previously announced that the young actor, Colin Ford, from Supernatural and We Bought a Zoo had the distinction of being the first person cast for the series. So, Natalie Martinez is in good company thus far.

Martinez is very sexy. She’s probably best known as Det. Jamie Lovato from CSI: NY. On the film side of her resume her credits include Death Race and End of Watch. She even has a role in Broken City, the new crime thriller starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg. It’s in theaters now.

Her Under the Dome character is also in law enforcement. THR revealed that Martinez would play Chester’s Mill resident, Deputy Linda. This New England Town is the setting of our bizarre tale, which kicks off when inhabitants awake to find they’re home has been suddenly and mysteriously cut off from the rest of the world thanks to a giant dome. “Postapocalyptic conditions” ensue, as you can imagine.

As Deputy Linda, Martinez is “ambitious” and “fiercely loyal to Sheriff Duke Perkins”, who we hear does not suffer fools. He runs a capable, ship shape team for such a small town, and it looks like they’ll all be tested when they go Under the Dome.

It has also been announced that actor Alex Koch has signed to play Junior Rennie, the son of a local well-known politician and car dealer. You can begin to see how the townsfolk are interrelated here, if you haven’t yet read the book. Junior is described as “disturbed” and he’s in love, which will probably heighten the conflict. The object of the college student’s affection is Angie, a town waitress who can’t wait to leave Chester’s Mill. Too bad about being trapped and all.

Y: The Last Man scribe Brian K. Vaughan adapted the book for the series.