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'Gossip Girl' Actor Cast as President in Sharon Stone's TNT Pilot

John Shea has booked the role of President Eckhart, co-starring opposite Stone and Mike Colter.

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John Shea

TNT's Agent X drama has found its president.

Gossip Girl alum John Shea has joined the drama project led by Sharon Stone, who plays the first female vice president, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Described as National Treasure meets The Bourne Identity, Agent X follows an unseen person who works to protect the country and its citizens, in times of extreme crisis and by any means necessary, from all threats when traditional law and government aren't in a position to help. Created by the original founding fathers but hidden from the view of the public, there is an agent of unknown identity that is trained and ready to serve -- deployed only at the careful discretion of Vice President Natalie Maccabee (Stone).

Shea will play President Eckhart, a Southern politician and a "salt of the earth" man who gives Natalie the key to her new mansion and introduces her to Malcolm Millar, and later chairs the emergency Cabinet meeting after Missy Stanton is kidnapped.

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From The Bourne Identity's William Blake Herron, the action-adventure project hails from Turner Originals. Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One, Children of Men and Castle) is on board to executive produce. Mike Colter co-stars as  Speaker of the House Miles Latham.

Shea appeared on The CW's Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf's gay father, Harold, and starred in Mutant X and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Lex Luthor. Recent TV credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He is repped by SMS Talent, Henraux Management and Shelter Entertainment.

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