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'Strike Back's' Sullivan Stapleton to Co-Star in Greg Berlanti's 'Blindspot'
One of pilot season's most sought-after names has landed a leading role in NBC's Greg Berlanti drama pilot Blindspot.
Following multiple offers, Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton has nabbed the male lead in the NBC drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama centers on Jane Doe (Thor's Jaimie Alexander), a beautiful woman with no memories of her past who finds herself at the center of an investigation after climbing out of a duffel bag in the middle of New York City's Times Square with her memory wiped and no clue as to what the extensive tattoos on her body mean.
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Stapleton — who finishes the final season of Cinemax's Strike Back in the summer — will star as special agent Kurt Weller, the leader of an elite FBI unit. Weller is called in from a mission to investigate the mysterious appearance of a woman who is covered in tattoos … and who also has his name written on her back.
Bored to Death's Martin Gero will pen the script and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television drama alongside Berlanti Productions' Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, The Mysteries of Laura) and Sarah Schechter. Mark Pellington will executive produce and direct the pilot.
Stapleton fielded multiple pilot offers this season, including NBC's Endgame. His credits include 300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom and Gangster Squad. He's repped by WME and Untitled.