Indian-American actor Karan Oberoi has landed a series regular role in The CW‘s coveted reboot of “Roswell.” The original show, which ran from 1999-2002 on The WB and UPN, will get a modern update in this reboot.
Based on the “Roswell High” books, the show focuses on Liz Ortecho, a jaded biomedical researcher and daughter of undocumented immigrants. She reluctantly returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, which is best known for a UFO incident that happened years ago. She finds out that her teenage crush is actually an alien who has kept his abilities hidden. The two embark on a mission to learn more about his origins when a violent attack and government cover-ups indicate there is a larger alien presence on Earth.
Oberoi will play Noah Bracken, married to Isobel. Noah is a charming and devoted husband whose relationship starts falling apart when he senses that his wife is keeping a secret from him. With this news, Oberoi joins a list of talented South Asian-Americans who are scoring great roles this pilot season.
The cast of the new “Roswell” includes Jeanine Mason (“Greys Anatomy”), Nathan Parsons (“The Originals”), Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”), Tyler Blackburn (“Pretty Little Liars”), Heather Hemmens (“Hellcats”), Lily Cowles (“BrainDead”), Michael Vlamis (“New Girl“) and Trevor St. John (“Containment”)
Clearly, this is a very young and diverse cast, holding up the reboot to its stance of bringing an ‘immigration’ twist to the story. Oberoi’s previous credits include “Notorious,” “The Blacklist,” “Westworld,” and “NCIS” among others. In addition to his regular role on the “Roswell” pilot, Oberoi joins Starz thriller “Counterpart” in a recurring role as Osman, a young, fast-rising interrogator within the Office of Interchange.
The “Roswell” reboot hails from “The Originals” writer Carina MacKenzie, who will executive produce alongside Julie Plec, Kevin Kelly Brown and Lawrence Bender via their Bender Brown Prods, as well as Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV.