Rob Lowe to Star in ITV Crime Drama 'Wild Bill'

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Lowe — set to play a U.S. police chief who relocates to the U.K. — will also exec produce the series from 42, Anonymous Content and ITV Studios label Shiver.

Rob Lowe is set to play a high-flying U.S. cop relocated to a small British port town in Wild Bill, a new six-part crime drama for ITV. 

Announced Friday by ITV's head of drama Polly Hill, the six-part series — the first collaboration for 42 (Ironbark, Watership Down), Anonymous Content (Mr. Robot, Maniac) and ITV Studios label Shiver — will also be exec produced by the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor. 

Wild Bill will see Lowe play Bill Hixon, a U.S. police chief who lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it's Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?

“As an actor, Wild Bill is a larger than life character who’s outrageously articulate, has nothing to lose and revels in being an American fish out of water," said Lowe. "As an executive producer, I’m excited to work with such talented partners and to come back to work in the U.K., which I always love.”

Wild Bill was created by David Griffiths (The Hunted, Collateral Damage), Kyle Killen (Halo, Awake) and Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble (Silent Witness), and will be written by lead writers and showrunners Keeble and Appleton.

Lowe will act as an exec producer alongside Eleanor Moran (Rome, Being Human, Watership Down) and Rory Aitken (In Darkness, Watership Down) on behalf of 42, and Tim Carter (Traitors), managing director of ITV Studios label Shiver. Writers Appleton and Keeble, creator Griffiths, Killen, Scott Pennington and Keith Redmon from Anonymous Content also join the team as exec producers.

Filming will take place around London and in Lincolnshire from November 2018. Further casting details will be available before filming commences.

ITVS GE will be responsible for the international distribution of the series.