Imperioli will appear as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who ordered the official investigation into all factors involved in the escape of convicted murderers Richard Matt (Benicio Del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) from Clinton Correctional Facility.
He joins previously announced cast members Del Toro, Dano, Patricia Arquette, and Bonnie Hunt. Ben Stiller will executive produce and direct. The eight-hour limited series is based on the true story of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 that spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers, who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who was sleeping with both prisoners.
Imperioli is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award as well as four other Emmy nominations and two Golden Globes nominations. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film “Summer of Sam,” directed by Spike Lee. Imperioli has appeared in six of Lee’s films. He also recurred on the Showtime series “Californication” during its final season. He will next be seen in ABC’s “Alex, Inc.,” which is set to debut at midseason.
He is repped by ICM and TMT Entertainment Group.