The Leftovers HBO

The post-Rapture world of The Leftovers is filling up with plenty of recognizable faces, but few are as shocking to see as Liv Tyler. The actress is well known for her roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Incredible Hulk, but taking a part in Damon Lindelof’s new HBO drama is the first time she’s ever taken a TV gig. I must admit I was surprised to see her name attached to the pilot, but this does seem to be the trend for many actors these days. More and more serious film actors are turning to television, headlining their own series, and Tyler is just the latest to join in the trend.

And thank goodness for that! I’m so glad the days of scoffing at television as a lesser medium for storytelling is behind us and we can all share in the excitement of such tremendous series as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and so many more. I can only assume that because Tyler has chosen The Leftovers as her first TV role that the pilot script was particularly enjoyable and she became very invested in her character’s story. According to Deadline, Tyler will star opposite Justin Theroux as Meg, a young woman of the verge of getting married and needing an escape. She then becomes a target for recruitment by enigmatic cult members. The logic leap there seems a little off, but we don’t know anything about this cult, or really any of the story of The Leftovers, so its probable targeting her will make sense with a little more context.

Peter Berg is directing The Leftovers from a script co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and based on Perrotta’s book. It takes place after the Rapture has happened, but not in the way we thought it would. It follows the people who were left behind, struggling to get by in a changed world.