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Syfy to launch 'The Expanse,' a futuristic 'space opera' starring Thomas Jane

Actor Thomas Jane arrives at the premiere for the HBO television series

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Actor Thomas Jane arrives at the premiere for the HBO television series "Luck" in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Syfy network says Jane will star as a world-weary detective in "The Expanse," an other-worldly thriller for the network. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Sayles

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Syfy network says Thomas Jane will star as a world-weary detective in an other-worldly thriller for the network.

In "The Expanse," Jane will play Detective Miller, a native of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter two centuries in the future. He's put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress. This 10-episode series, billed as a "space opera," is based on the bestselling book series by James S.A. Covey. It will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

Jane previously starred in the HBO series "Hung."

The announcement was made Monday at the summer television critics' meeting.

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