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Based on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent 1995 John Travolta film of the same name, the dark comedy centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles. Romano will play Rick, a washed-up producer of low-quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.
Romano and O’Dowd take on roles similar to those played by Gene Hackman and Travolta, respectively, in the Get Shorty feature.
Davey Holmes (Shameless, In Treatment) adapted the project for the small screen and will executive produce the 10-episode straight-to-series drama. For the cabler, a joint venture between Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate, MGM TV will produce the series, with production set to begin in the fall for a summer 2017 debut.
For Emmy winner Romano, the role marks his latest small-screen gig following HBO’s Vinyl, Parenthood, Men of a Certain Age and Everybody Loves Raymond. He is repped by ICM Partners and Del Shaw.
O’Dowd’s credits include roles on TV’s Moone Boy and Family Tree as well as in features St. Vincent and Bridesmaids. He is with WME and 3 Arts.
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