In addition to adding a favorite of series fans to its cast, the upcoming adaptation of Thomas Perry novel "THe Old Man" has also retained "Spider-Man: Homecoming" director Jon Watts to helm the pilot. Production on the FX series, which is still in the early development stages, should begin in the Fall.
FX's new drama series has just added a new member to its cast. According to Variety, "The Old Man" can now count John Lithgow ("Dexter") alongside Jeff Bridges ("The Big Lebowski") to bring the project to life. This would be Lithgow's comeback to TV following the finale August 2018 of "Trial & Error."
Adapted from the 2017 Thomas Perry novel of the same name, "The Old Man" tells the story of former CIA agent Dan Chase (Bridges), who quit the secret service after failing a mission. After living off the grid, the veteran finds himself being hunted down by an assassin, forcing Chase to reconcile with his past.
John Lithgow will be playing Harold Harper, an "intelligent and tough [man] with deep reservoirs of compassion and ruthlessness," who is called back to the FBI after suffering a terrible personal loss. His complicated past with Chase makes him the perfect agent to hunt down the fugitive.
The pilot will be directed by Watts, who will also produce alongside Bridges. The Fox 21 Television Studios production will begin shooting in the fall.
Known for his roles in "Footloose," "Cliffhanger" and "Blow Out," Lithgow is also a veteran of the small screen, having played in series "Third Rock from the Sun," "Dexter," "30 Rock," "How I Met Your Mother" and as Winston Churchill in "The Crown."