This little rumor has been put to bed. We knew he was “in talks” and now word has arrived from many reputable news sources including The Hollywood Reporter, and Ausiello, that Alex O’Loughlin will indeed play the starring role of Det. Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O.
O’Loughlin, who was an early favorite for the part, joins recently cast “Lost” co-star Daniel Dae Kim, who will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly.
The new “Hawaii Five-0” hails from hot feature writers and “Fringe” co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and “CSI: NY” executive producer/co-showrunner Peter Lenkov. CBS Studios is producing.
“Hawaii Five-0” marks O’Loughlin’s third starring vehicle at CBS, following “Moonlight” and this season’s medical drama “Three Rivers.”
CBS brass certainly hope that the third time will be the charm for O’Loughlin the way it was for another network favorite, Simon Baker, who starred in CBS’ short-lived drama series “The Guardian” and “Smith” before headlining hit “The Mentalist.”
I don’t like the fact that they keep mentioning this is a third test for Alex. If anything this is a third test for CBS to see if they can actually mine the “gold” they have in Alex or continue to give him a raw deal.
So what you do think? Love it or hate it?
I think there are a fair amount of both. I got an email from an original Hawaii Five-O fan yesterday that was absolutely scathing towards Alex and the fact that he accepted this role. Will fans of the original show be happy?
According to Spoiler TV this is the offical character synopsis:
[LT. COMMANDER STEVE MCGARRETT] Mid to late 30s… This craggy, tenacious Navy commander is a former Navy SEAL whose illustrious resume includes stints as a special investigator and a tenure with Naval Intelligence. McGarrett has been tracking the notorious Hesse brothers for years, but when his father is taken hostage and slain during his perilous investigation, he’s determined to have justice. To that end, he accepts Hawaiian governor Pat Jameson’s offer to run a federal task force centered in Hawaii, and imbued with latitude and special rights not granted to the police rank and file. McGarrett hand-picks an elite crew for his team, which stands as the first line of defense against encroaching terrorists and criminals in a strategically vital region. But in the meanwhile, he’s determined to trace the baffling clues his murdered father left behind — evidence that points to an unsolved mystery stretching all the way back to his mother’s death, years previously…