‘Under the Dome’ Casts ‘Bad’ Guy Dean Norris

Dean Norris will star in CBS' Under the Dome

CBS has made a badass new hire for its summer series Under the Dome: Dean Norris, Breaking Bad‘s resident lawman, will play one of the leads in the 13-episode adaptation of the Stephen King book about a small New England town that’s mysteriously surrounded by an invisible dome that seals them off from the rest of the world.

Every small town needs a big personality, and Norris’ Big Jim is the Buddy Garrity-like schmoozer of Chester’s Mill (to put it in Friday Night Lights terms). He’s in the local government and a big-shot business owner, so he’s got his hand in plenty of the town’s affairs. Could he — and other town residents — know more about the mysterious event than they initially let on?

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Norris joins former Pan Am pilot Mike Vogel, who plays a former soldier named Barbie who’s now wrapped up in some less-than-legal affairs, in heading up the new series.

The series is produced by Steven Spielberg and is scheduled to debut in the summer.

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