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Dallas Roberts, Clifton Collins to Star in USA Supernatural Drama Pilot 'Evil Men'
USA Network is going supernatural.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has picked up to pilot supernatural drama Evil Men, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, tapping Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) to star.
Evil Men follows an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill "evil men" or see his family — along with his city — utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.
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Roberts will star as Harry Killas, the good husband and loving father who is tasked with an unthinkable mandate by the mysterious and vengeful supernatural force. Collins is set as Lazlo Kirk, a former war criminal with a magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak, who forces himself into Harry's life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.
From CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, Evil Men will be written and exec produced by Breakin' All the Rules' Daniel Taplitz. Life Unexpected's Gary Fleder also will executive produce alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Mary Beth Basile (October Road). Fleder will direct the pilot.
"This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world," said Jackie de Crinis, executive vp original programming at USA Network. "It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families."
Evil Men marks USA's fifth drama pilot this season. It joins Jennifer Carpenter's Stanistan; Carlton Cuse's Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies starrer Colony as well as Mr. Robot and Queen of the South.
Roberts, whose credits include Unforgettable and The Good Wife, is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion. Collins, who next stars in ABC's Secrets & Lies, is with Paradigm, Industry Entertainment and Morris Yorn.