January 16, 2014 4:34pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kyle Chandler to Star in Netflix Drama From 'Damages' Creators
A month after Showtime passed on The Vatican, Kyle Chandler has boarded his next project.
The Friday Night Lights Emmy winner has been tapped to star in Netflix's family thriller from the creators of Damages, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The 13-episode run, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka KZK). The series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light with the return of their black-sheep brother.
Chandler will play John, the married middle brother who takes care of the family, who is described as the kind of responsible guy who would work in law enforcement and the opposite of his older, black-sheep brother, Danny.
The casting keeps Chandler in Sony Pictures Television fold after the actor starred in the studio's The Vatican. Prior to his Vatican casting, Chandler -- traditionally one of pilot season's most in-demand actors -- had been focusing on film with roles in Wolf of Wall Street, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Super 8, Broken City, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. He's repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Showtime topper David Nevins said The Vatican didn't work for the premium cable network after "the world changed."
"That show was conceived and written while Pope Benedict was still in charge of the Vatican, and it was conceived in a world that I think now would feel very dated," said Nevins, who worked with Chandler as an EP on Friday Night Lights. "So I’m glad we hadn’t made 13 episodes of that."
Chandler's return to TV with The Vatican was considered a casting coup, with multiple networks courting the leading man for pilots last year.