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Jesse Eisenberg is eyeing a move to the small screen.
The Oscar-nominated actor is teaming with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions for a TV single-cam comedy he will star in, write and direct, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
In the early stages of development, The Market follows a recently widowed man who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son, Stan (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are thrust into an unforgiving job market.
Eisenberg will exec produce the Warner Bros. TV project with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson. No network is yet attached.
If picked up, it would mark Eisenberg’s first series-regular role since 2000, when he starred on the Fox family comedy Get Real. His only TV work is an uncredited vocal cameo on HBO’s The Newsroom, which hailed from The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin.
The collaboration expands Eisenberg’s relationship with Warner Bros., where he played Lex Luthor in the film studio’s 2016 blockbuster Batman v. Superman. He will reprise the role for the upcoming Justice League film. His other recent roles include Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and Now You See Me 2.
Eisenberg is the latest film star to explore projects on the small screen in the “Golden Age of TV.” Penelope Cruz, Annette Bening and Hilary Swank are all set for starring roles on FX in 2018. Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro are teaming for an Amazon series from Silver Linings Playbook writer-director David O. Russell, which also marks his first TV creation.
In addition to the banner’s expansive film lineup, Bad Robot’s TV slate also includes HBO sci-fi series Westworld. Bad Robot and Abrams also have a space drama, Glare, in development at the pay cabler.
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