Nellie Andreeva

Departing Grey’s Anatomy co-star Eric Dane has boarded his next series project… literally. Dane has been tapped as the lead in TNT‘s action drama pilot The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay. Jonathan Mostow is set to direct the pilot written by Without A Trace creator Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.

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Based on the novel by William Brinkley, The Last Ship centers on the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the Earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. Dane will play Captain Tom Chandler, a career Navy man — authoritative, decisive, fair, courageous and a born leader, respected and loved by men and women in his command — and a loving father and husband who’s never home as much as he’d like to be. On the pilot, Dane joins recently cast Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Christina Elmore and Sam Spruell. Dane just wrapped his role as Dr. Mark Slone aka McSteamy on ABC’s long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, where he spent six seasons.

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