10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Ben Affleck-Matt Damon Showtime Pilot
Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge are heading to Boston for Showtime.
The duo will star in the premium cable network's drama pilot City on a Hill, from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Based on an original idea from Affleck and exec producer Chuck MacLean, City on a Hill is a fictional account of the "Boston Miracle" police operation. In the early 1990s, the Massachusetts capital was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all suddenly changed.
Hodge (WGN America's Underground) will star as District Attorney Decourcy Ward, who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s criminal justice system citywide. Bacon will also co-exec produce the potential series. Production is set to begin later this year in Boston.
"Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said Monday in a statement. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to stand at the center of this powerful drama.”
MacLean (Boston Strangler) will pen the script for Showtime and Affleck and Damon's Pearl Street Films. Affleck, Damon and Pearl Street's Jennifer Todd will also exec produce alongside James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line). Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) will exec produce and direct the pilot.
City on a Hill marks the first time that Bacon will work directly with Affleck and Damon. Bacon's TV credits include Fox's The Following and Amazon's Jill Soloway comedy I Love Dick, the latter of which is awaiting word on a potential second season. He is repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Gainse Solomon Law.
Hodge, whose TV credits include Underground, Turn and Leverage, is repped by Paradigm, Priluck Co. and Ziffren Brittenham.