Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) and Omar Epps (House) are confirmed to star in the dramatic series Shooter which just received a series order from USA Network. The new series is based on Stephen Hunter’s bestselling book Point of Impact and will be executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and John Hlavin. Hlavin wrote the pilot and Simon Cellan directed.
Wahlberg starred in the 2007 Paramount Pictures film adaptation of Hunter’s novel, also titled Shooter.
“Shooter is an uncompromising exploration of the definition and evolution of a hero,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, USA Network. “The conspiracy and drama that unfolded throughout the first hour had us completely immersed, and we look forward to more.”
“USA is the perfect home for Shooter,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount Television. “Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger is a heroic, iconic character and there is so much more of his story to explore in series. This incredible group of producers and actors bring our vision to the next level; we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Mark, Ryan, Stephen, John, and Universal Cable Productions to take audiences on an exciting journey.”
The Plot: Ryan Phillippe will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps plays Isaac Johnson, an ex-Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.