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Walton Goggins Replaces Joe Manganiello in History Military Drama 'Six'
Justified alum Walton Goggins has been tapped to star in the project from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Co., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Production on the show, which had been briefly delayed after Manganiello's departure, is slated to resume at the end of next week.
The eight-episode straight-to-series drama centers on a brotherhood of modern American warriors — Navy SEAL Team Six — who take on the most high-risk military special-ops missions in the world. However, their 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.
Goggins will take over Manganiello's role as Rip Taggart, once the squad leader of SEAL Team Six but now working in Africa to protect a small village from Boko Haram.
Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13) and military special operations veteran David Broyles, Six is being produced by A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Co. Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice) and George W. Perkins (Live From Baghdad) also will executive produce. Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) will serve as an executive consultant and will help write the episodes with Barrios, the Broyles and Karen Campbell (Dexter). Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor) will serve as the series’ technical adviser.
Goggins joins a cast that also includes Revenge's Barry Sloane, who is set as the recently appointed leader of SEAL Team Six, as well as Kyle Schmid, Edwin Hodge and Dominic Adams.
Goggins most recently co-starred in The Hateful Eight for Quentin Tarantino and stars opposite Danny McBride on HBO's upcoming dark comedy Vice Principals, due in July. The actor earned an Emmy nomination and four Critics' Choice noms for his five-season turn as Boyd on FX's Justified. His credits include playing transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam on FX's Sons of Anarchy and FX's The Shield.
Goggins is repped by ICM Partners and manager Darris Hatch.