×

Benjamin Walker cast as lead in HBO’s ‘Missionary’

Actor starred in bigscreen pic 'Vampire Hunter' over summer

Benjamin Walker has been cast as the lead in HBO pilot “The Missionary.”

The actor, who recently toplined summer pic “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” is a known commodity at the pay cabler, having landed the role in the upcoming telepic “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.”

In spy drama “The Missionary,” from writer Charles Randolph, Walker will play an American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin.

Pilot is being exec produced by Randolph, Stephen Levinson, author Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Wahlberg.

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur is helming the pilot. His bigscreen pic “The Deep” is the country’s entry in this year’s Oscar race for foreign-language films.

The pay cabler’s other hot drama pilot right now is “Criminal Justice,” which stars HBO vet James Gandolfini. It’s based on a 2008 BBC series.

Walker is repped WME and Inspire Entertainment.

More TV

  • La Jauría

    Berlin Country in Focus Chile Unspools Its Small Screen Ambitions

    For 25 years, from 1992’s “La Frontera” through 2017’s ”A Fantastic Woman,” a subsequent Oscar winner, the Berlinale has prized a rich trove of Chilean movies. Now, in sync with industry change, Berlin will celebrate the country’s TV with a Chilean Series on the Rise showcase, part of its Country Focus. “When I started at [...]

  • delete Me

    Viaplay Orders Young Adult Series 'Delete Me' From Norway (EXCLUSIVE)

    Viaplay, Scandinavia’s leading streaming service, has ordered “Delete Me,” a Norwegian form series skewing young adults and headlined by cast of up-and-comers. Written and directed by Marie Kristiansen (“Young and Promising”), the series uses innovative narrative techniques to explore vital contemporary topics such as cyber-bullying, hacking and exclusion. Each episode of 20 minutes is told [...]

  • Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth WarrenNinth 2020

    MSNBC Democratic Debate Moderators Lost Control of a Messy Night (Column)

    After what seems like countless Democratic debates, February 19th’s had a giant curveball in Mike Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor whose enormous fortune has given him a late, but undeniable, leg up in the race. So it was unsurprising that the prospect of Bloomberg making a play for the nomination at the 11th [...]

  • Combs Making the Band

    Diddy Sons Quincy Brown, Christian and Justin Combs Will Judge 'Making The Band'

    The panel of judges for the MTV reboot of “Making The Band” was revealed on Wednesday. Diddy’s sons Quincy Brown, Christian and Justin Combs along with creative director and celebrity choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson are all set to join the franchise. Diddy’s children all have careers spanning music, entertainment and fashion. “Making The Band” is based [...]

  • Lesley VisserFooty's Bubbles & Bones Gala,

    Lesley Visser to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 41st Sports Emmys

    Veteran sportscaster Lesley Visser will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at this year’s 41st annual Sports Emmys. It reps the first time a woman has received the accolade. “To be a pioneer at nearly every juncture of sports reporting isn’t easy despite how Lesley Visser makes it look, said Justine Gubar, executive director, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content