10:37am PT by Kate Stanhope
Joe Manganiello Drops Out of History Military Drama 'Six'
History's forthcoming military drama Six has hit a snag.
Joe Manganiello has dropped out of the series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Production has subsequently been put on hold as the project, which received a eight-episode order in January, looks to recast his leading role.
Produced by The Weinstein Company, the drama centers on a brotherhood of modern American warriors — Navy SEAL Team Six — who take on the most high-risk military special-ops missions in the world. However, their 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.
Manganiello was set to play Rip Taggart, once the squad leader of SEAL Team Six, now working in Africa protecting a small village from Boko Haram.
The part would have marked the actor's first series-regular role after his multiple-season stint on HBO vampire drama True Blood, which wrapped in 2014. Manganiello's recent credits include the Magic Mike films and Pee-wee's Big Holiday, which was released on Netflix.
The cast for Six also includes Revenge's Barry Sloane, who is set as the recently appointed leader of SEAL Team Six, as well as Kyle Schmid, Edwin Hodge and Dominic Adams.
Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13) and military special-operations veteran David Broyles, the drama is being produced by A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Co. Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice) and George W. Perkins (Live from Baghdad) also will executive produce. Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) will serve as an executive consultant and will help write the episodes with Barrios, the Broyles and Karen Campbell (Dexter). Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor) will serve as the series’ technical adviser.
The news was first reported by Variety.