12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
William Hurt, Bob Balaban Board Audience Network's 'Condor' Remake
William Hurt has booked his next TV series.
The Oscar winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Oscar nominee Bob Balaban (Gosford Park) have joined the cast of Audience Network's Three Days of the Condor remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.
Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Bob is intelligent and introspective. He’s tried to make changes for the better while at the CIA, including recruiting a team of the country’s top young minds to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to some of the United States’ most intractable problems. When the office Bob founded is attacked, leaving Joe as the only survivor, he will do anything to bring his protégé home safe.
For Hurt, the part comes after recent starring roles on the first seasons of AMC's Humans and Amazon's Goliath. Goliath co-creator David E. Kelley told THR last year that only certain characters from the Billy Bob Thornton legal drama would return for the recently picked up second season. Hurt, whose other credits include The Accidental Tourist, Broadcast News and Children of a Lesser God, is repped by ICM.
Balaban will portray Reuel Abbott, a brilliant and exacting man who has risen to the top tier of CIA management in his 30-year career there. He’s a deeply religious man who relies heavily on faith to juggle the global challenges presented by his job and personal life. In addition to films such as Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, his TV roles include Seinfeld, The Good Wife and Show Me a Hero. He is repped by Paradigm.
Additionally, Kristen Hager (Gotham) is set to play Mae Barber, an ER doctor, mother of two and wife to a CIA agent who she will soon realize is not the man she thought she knew. The actress is repped by MGMT Entertainment, The Kohner Agency, Hirsch Wallerstein and The Characters Talent Agency.
Rounding out the regular cast is Angel Bonanni (Shots Fired) as Deacon Mailer, a former Special Forces operative who was captured and tortured by terrorists, fueling a hatred for radical Islam and making him the perfect operative for an extralegal CIA assassination program. Bonanni is repped by Innovative Artists, Greenlight Management & Production, Stone Genow, and ADD Agency in Israel.
Condor has also tapped several actors for recurring roles, including Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), who will portray Sam Barber, a career Special Forces operative and Joe Turner’s closest friend. Polaha is repped by Gersh.
Christina Moses (The Originals) will play Sharla Shepard, an FBI agent who is surprised to find herself detailed to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Shepard is repped by Concept Talent, Eric Nelson Management and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Katherine Cunningham (NCIS) is set as Kathy Hale, a corporate lawyer who is lonely and dissatisfied with her buttoned-up life. The role is based on Faye Dunaway’s character in the original 1975 film. Cunningham is repped by CESD, Stewart Talent and Liberman Zerman Management.
Gabriel Hogan (Heartland) will recur as Boyd Francis, a Special Forces operative who is part of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce response team. The actor is repped by Characters Talent Agency and Haven Entertainment.
Condor's cast also includes Mira Sorvino and Brendan Fraser. Production on the series is slated to begin this month in Toronto and Washington.
Based on James Grady's original book Six Days of the Condor, the film Three Days of the Condor was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Robert Redford.
The TV adaptation hails from writers Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg. Smilovic will also serve as showrunner and executive produce with Katzberg, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. Lawrence Trilling (Goliath) recently came on board to helm the first three episodes.
MGM Television and Skydance Television will produce Condor, which was developed in association with Paramount TV.