Actor Terrence Howard attends the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles

Actor Terrence Howard attends the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles

*Terrence Howard has joined the cast of Fox’s event series “Wayward Pines,” a 10-episode drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch

From Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club) and M. Night Shyamalan, the series is described as a thriller in the vein of “Twin Peaks.” The project revolves around Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only provokes more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Howard will play the series regular role of Sheriff Pope, the law enforcement go-to guy in the creepy town. He takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind, but Pope thinks the same of Ethan.

The actor, whose credits also include “Iron Man,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Crash,” joins Harry Potter’s Toby Jones, Melissa Leo and Carla Gugino in the cast.

Fox landed the project, based on a spec from Hodge, after a competitive bidding situation. Fox will bow the 10-episode drama in 2014.

Howard will next be seen in the upcoming features “Prisoners,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “The Best Man Holiday.”