“Fast Five” helmer Justin Lin has tapped “Fringe” star Lance Reddick to star in “The 117,” a new web series that will be broadcast on the YouTube channel You Offend Me, You Offend My Family, which Lin is overseeing.
A dark, futuristic tale, “The 117” concerns robot drones, designed and programmed by humans to be superior soldiers, that have become part of everyday warfare for the U.S. military.
Reddick will play the ruthless commander of the drone army assigned to deploy and keep the drones in line as they head off to execute missions against enemy territories. One drone goes rogue, prompting Reddick and his team to search for it.
The series will be shot during Reddick’s hiatus from Fox’s hit series “Fringe,” which just received a 13-episode order for its fifth and final season.
“The 117” will be produced by Clark Baker, Kaylin Boosalis and Bobby Glickert, who co-wrote the web series and will direct. Lin will exec produce, while Reddick and his manager Steven Adams will serve as co-producers.
Reddick and Adams recently launched Christai Prods., a film and TV production company that just wrapped its first pic “St. Sebastian’s,” a supernatural thriller directed by Danny DeVito.
Reddick will soon be seen alongside Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Won’t Back Down,” while 20th Century Fox and Walden Media will release in September. In addition to Adams, Reddick is repped by Innovative Artists.
YOMYOMF is an Asian pop-culture blog that tapped Lin to oversee the creation of its official YouTube channel, which is part of the web giant’s original content initiative.