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The Dude is going primetime.
Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is making his TV series-regular debut and will star in the FX drama The Old Man, which has been ordered to pilot at the now-Disney-owned cable network.
Based on Thomas Perry’s best-selling book of the same name, The Old Man will see Bridges play Dan Chase, a retired CIA officer who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the seasoned operative learns that to ensure his future, he now must reconcile his past.
Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine (Black Sails) will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which hails from Fox 21 Television Studios-based Warren Littlefield. Dan Shotz, Bridges and David Schiff will also exec produce. Production on the pilot is set to begin in the fall.
“Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor, and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX,” FX president of originals Nick Grad said Thursday in a statement. “Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script, and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase. We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on Fargo, along with our partners at Fox 21.”
The Old Man marks Bridges’ first series-regular role following a long feature film career that has included The Big Lebowski, Tron, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Crazy Heart, the latter of which earned him an Oscar and Golden Globe for lead actor.
Steinberg, Shotz and Levine reteam on The Old Man after their four-season run on Starz’s pirate drama Black Sails. The FX pilot stems from a new overall deal Steinberg and Shotz recently inked with Fox 21.
The Old Man joins an FX slate that also includes Fargo, Mayans, Pose, Fosse/Verdon, Atlanta, What We Do in the Shadows, Snowfall and the highly anticipated take on Brian K. Vaughan’s beloved comics Y: The Last Man.
The cable network has been ramping up originals under new parent company Disney. Like FX, Fox 21 is now also part of the Disney fold, so The Old Man is technically produced in-house. Fox 21 is behind the FX series American Crime Story, Fosse/Verdon and Mayans, as well as Showtime’s Homeland and USA Network’s Queen of the South.
Bridges is repped by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.
July 25, 1:00 p.m. A previous version of this story noted that The Old Man was picked up straight to series. It has in fact only been ordered to pilot.
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