The Independence Day director's untitled sci-fi project will star Max Thieriot as a science student who learns that he is the chosen one, tasked with destroying the forces of evil.
The Dark Knight's Curnen will play tough FBI agent Tracy Meyers, according to Deadline.
The actress has appeared on the likes of Dexter, House, Lie to Me and most recently CSI.
Law & Order's Linus Roache and Planes, Trains & Automobiles star Laila Robins will also appear in Emmerich's pilot as an ambitious politician and his wife.
Veteran actor Martin Landau (North By Northwest), Yaya DaCosta (TRON: Legacy) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are also attached to the project.
Emmerich will direct and has also co-written his new pilot with 2012 and 10,000 BC collaborator Harald Kloser.
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