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Fox’s ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Pilot Casts Gabriel Chavarria and Melia Kreiling as Leads

Potential series also stars the previously announced Marg Helgenberger and B.J. Britt

Fox’s “Behind Enemy Lines” pilot has landed its leads.

Gabriel Chavarria will play Navy pilot Ziggy Rodriguez, the son of lifetime career senior Navy executive officer Mateo Rodriguez. Melia Kreiling will play Shia Irivani, a Naval officer of deep faith. She’s described as strong, principled and a woman of integrity — but one also with a sense of humor.

They’ll join previously announced cast members Marg Helgenberger and B.J. Britt.

The one-hour drama based on the 2001 Owen Wilson-Gene Hackman film hails from 20th Century Fox Television, Temple Hill and Davis Entertainment. Nikki Toscano will executive produce and write; McG will executive produce and direct. Other executive producers are Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis and John Fox. Albert Page co-executive produces.

The military soap tells the tale of group of U.S. soldiers that find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. The multi-perspective narrative closely follows the soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, and intelligence officers in D.C. that attempt to bring the heroes home safely and under the radar.

Gabriel is repped by Paradigm. Melia is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.