TNT has ordered 10 episodes of spy drama “Legends,” starring “Game of Thrones” vet Sean Bean, with an eye toward a 2014 premiere.
A big-league team of creatives is behind the project, based on the book by Robert Littell. Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary of Showtime’s “Homeland” will exec produce “Legends” for Fox 21 with Jonathan Levin (“Charmed”) and showrunners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (“Sleeper Cell”). David Semel (“Person of Interest”) directed the pilot, written by consulting producer Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who developed the story with Gordon and consulting producer Mark Bomback.
Bean plays an undercover FBI agent who is so adept at transforming himself into different identities that he begins to question his own. Ali Larter, Rob Mayes, Tina Majorino, Steve Harris, Amber Valletta and Lux Haney Jardine will co-star.
Bean replaced the previously cast Brendan Fraser in December, after the latter exited the project the month before.
” ‘Legends’ has everything you want in a good spy drama: intriguing characters, multilayered plots, a terrific cast and lots of action and suspense,” said TNT/TBS/TCM programming topper Michael Wright. “At the center of it all is Sean Bean, giving an outstanding performance in an extremely complex and difficult role. We are very excited to work with Howard Gordon and his fellow executive producers, who have put together a truly extraordinary drama.”
Among the projects Gordon also has in development are “Anatomy of Violence” at CBS and “Tyrant” at FX.