Oscar winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) has committed to starring in FX’s The Old Man, an upcoming dramatic series based on the Thomas Perry novel. According to the network, production on The Old Man will begin this fall. FX has not announced a targeted premiere date.
Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine are adapting Perry’s novel and will executive produce with Jeff Bridges, Warren Littlefield, Dan Shotz, and David Schiff. Steinberg, Shotz, and Levine previously collaborated on Starz’ pirate action adventure series, Black Sails.
“Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX,” stated Nick Grad, Co-President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. “Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase. We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on Fargo, along with our partners at Fox 21.”
“Jeff Bridges is one of the most important actors of his generation. John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Gina Balian, Nick Grad and their team at FX have built a home for content of unparalleled quality. Bert Salke and his team at Fox 21 have developed a sterling track record for generating said content. And Warren Littlefield has forgotten more about making great television than we will ever know. To call this a project a dream opportunity for us is almost certainly a gross understatement,” said writer/executive producer Steinberg.
The Old Man is a Fox 21 Television Studios production in association with The Littlefield Company.
Jeff Bridges’ notable film credits include The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Last Picture Show, Hell or High Water, Bad Times at the El Royale, and the iconic role as “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski.
“Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man centers on ‘Dan Chase’ (Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.”