Studio City, California – James Wolk will star in Zoo, a new drama series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson, to be broadcast in summer 2015.

Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Wolk will play Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behaviour of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

Most recently, Wolk starred in the television comedy The Crazy Ones, on the Network. Prior to that, Wolk was perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Bob Benson in Mad Men. Previously, Wolk received critical acclaim for his starring role in the series Lone Star. His additional television credits include Political Animals, Happy Endings and Shameless.

Wolk’s feature film credits include You Again, There’s Always Woodstock and For a Good Time Call, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, he just wrapped production of two independent films, The Stanford Experiment and This is Happening. His theatre credits include the West Coast production of the Tony Award nominated show Next Fall, at the Geffen Playhouse.

As a book, Zoo was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages, and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.