Halle Berry, Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr. has been tapped to play the father of Halle Berry's female astronaut character in CBS' summer series Extant, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Extant tells the story of Molly (Berry), an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space. Gossett will play Molly's affable but undependable father, Quinn, a retired doctor living out his days in an isolated island community, out of touch with the world and estranged from his daughter.

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Best known for his Oscar-winning role in An Officer and a Gentleman and his Emmy-winning role in Roots, Gossett is slated to appear in at least two episodes beginning with Episode 4.  

Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer, Camryn Manheim and Michael O'Neill will also star in Extant, which hails from Steven Spielberg.

Extant premieres Wednesday, July 2 at 9/8c on CBS.

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