Ben McKenzie has been cast in the lead role in the new medical drama pilot “The Hurt Unit.”
“The Hurt Unit” was ordered to pilot last December at ABC and follows a highly skilled team of trauma surgeons and nurses who race into the field to treat the patients who won’t make it to the hospital in time. When the sick and the injured can’t get to the ER, the Hurt brings the ER to them.
According to Variety, McKenzie will star as Danny, who is the head of the Hurt Unit. The character is further described as “a self-made surgeon who must make split second decisions in the most harrowing circumstances, often at risk to his own life. While unquestionably a hero, Danny is also a pathological risk-taker who seems headed for a serious comeuppance. His deepest bond is with his teammates — first-class professionals who share his passion, some would say obsession, for saving lives.”
The project comes from Matt Lopez (Promised Land) and John Glenn ( SEAL Team). Director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, (500) Days of Summer) will helm the pilot.
Lope and Glenn will write and exec produce with Webb also exec producing.
If “The Hurt Unit” gets a series order, the show will air on ABC and stream on Hulu in the United States. We also expect the show to arrive on Disney+ internationally.
McKenzie is best known for starring in Fox’s The O.C., Southland at NBC and TNT, and Fox’s Gotham.