1:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Shooter' Adds 'Spartacus' Alum in Recasting
USA Network's Shooter is making a change.
Spartacus alum Cynthia Addai-Robinson has boarded the reboot of the feature film as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on Stephen Hunter's best-selling novel Point of Impact and the 2007 Paramount feature that starred Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Phillippe takes on the role of Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all the skills he acquired as a decorated Marine sharpshooter to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up.
Addai-Robinson will take over the role of FBI agent Nadine Memphis that was originally played by Emily Rios in the pilot. Nadine has a strong intuition and dogged determination which has made her a rising star in the bureau, but her headstrong personality has also landed her in trouble in the past. As the arresting officer of a would-be-assassin, she may have put her career back on the fast track, but her gut tells her there's more to this case. Not realizing the depth of the conspiracy, she unwittingly puts both her investigation and her life in jeopardy.
Addai-Robinson, repped by Innovative Artists and Liebman Entertainment, joins a cast that also includes Omar Epps and Shantel VanSanten. Her credits include The Accountant, Chicago Med, Arrow and Texas Rising.
The 10-episode drama series, which does not yet have a premiere date, is a co-production between Paramount Television — which produced the original feature — and Universal Cable Productions. John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will executive produce alongside Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) and his Closest to the Hole Productions, as well as Leverage Entertainment's Stephen Levinson (Ballers) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers). Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) directed the pilot. Phillippe, in addition to starring, will also serve as a producer on the series.