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Tim Roth Takes the Lead of Fox TV Drama

Jul 01, 2008 | 4:54am EDT

In his television series starring debut, Tim Roth has taken the lead role in Fox's one-hour pilot Lie to Me, today’s trades report.

Roth will play Dr. Cal Lightman, a scientist who pioneered the field of deception detection. A sort of human lie detector, he’s skilled at reading the human face, body and voice to uncover the truth in criminal and private investigations. Then again, the fact that the character can apply the same skills to his personal life complicates his relationships. The science in the show is genuine, based on the work of Dr. Paul Ekman, Variety notes

Lie has a 13-episode commitment at Fox and is being executive produced by Brian Grazer, who had been pursuing Roth for three months. He agreed to the role just this weekend.

Roth has previously appeared on British TV and just starred in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth.

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