3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Joe Manganiello to Star in History Military Drama 'Six'
Joe Manganiello is returning to the small screen.
The Magic Mike star has been tapped to topline History scripted drama series Six, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The eight-episode straight-to-series 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 will play Rip Taggart, once the squad leader of SEAL Team Six, now working in Africa protecting a small village from Boko Haram.
The role marks the actor's return to television following the Magic Mike movies and his first full-time role following his multiple-season stint on HBO vampire drama True Blood.
"[I'm] excited to finally team up with my friend Harvey Weinstein to play such an interesting character with such phenomenal material, directed by one of my all-time favorite True Blood directors, Lesli Linka Glatter," the actor said.
Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13) and military special operations veteran David Broyles, the drama is 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) will also 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.
Manganiello joins a cast that 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.
The actor is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Myman Greenspan.