Ryan Phillippe is coming back to TV, this time as a sharpshooter.
Phillippe, who is also a producer on the USA Network project, will star as Bob Lee Swagger, the role held by Mark Wahlberg in the movie. Swagger is an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.
Omar Epps will also star as 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.
“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.”
Falling Water, a series from The Walking Dead's Gale Ann Hurd, was ordered to series earlier this year by USA. It revolves around three strangers who realize they are dreaming different parts of the same dream and the implications it has on their lives.
There are three more series currently up for contention and Colony was recently given a second season pickup at the network.
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