He will play Sheriff Pope, the town of Wayward Pines' top cop. He takes offense when Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) comes in to town to investigate the disappearance of two agents.
Howard joins already announced cast members, Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones and Melissa Leo on the series based on the novel series of the same the name.
The actor has stars in the upcoming films "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Prisoners" and "The Best Man Holiday." His TV credits include recurring roles on "Law & Order: LA," "Street Time" and "Sparks."
Shyamalan will direct the pilot and executive produce the FX productions thriller along with writer/creator Chad Hodge, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan.
Howard is represented by CAA and the Timaeus Group.
Deadline first reported the casting.