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It only took about a month after Fox ordered a Sleepy Hollow pilot from Star Trek producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for the show to start casting.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Orlando Jones and Katia Winter have taken parts in the modern-day take on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Jones will reportedly play Lieutenant Frank Williams, a present-day detective sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a double homicide. Winter, a Dexter alum, will portray Ichabod Crane’s wife in the 18th century. Crane has not been cast yet.
In addition to the casting news, it’s been revealed that Sleepy Hollow will feature time travel. THR writes, “In the script, Ichabod is described as a captain in the Revolutionary War who has been to hell and back. The former history professor finds himself catapulted to present day Sleepy Hollow, where he’s indicted for the murder of a police officer and forced to prove not only his innocence but make a wary detective believe he’s a traveler from the 18th century.”
Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has had many incarnations, but it most memorably was adapted by Disney in 1949 as an animated feature (part of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad), and then by Tim Burton in 1999 as a live-action film. Len Wiseman will direct and executive produce the pilot.