Jeff Bridges joins the ever-growing list of A-list Hollywood legends making their debuts on prestige TV series. Unfortunately, much to the dismay of ‘Big Lebowski’ fans, it appears that Bridges will play someone that’s about the polar opposite of The Dude in “The Old Man.”
According to THR, Bridges has agreed to star in the upcoming FX series “The Old Man.” In the series, which is based on the novel by Thomas Perry, Bridges will portray a former CIA operative that is trying to enjoy his retirement off the grid. That all changes when he’s the target of a hit, and now, must come out of retirement to deal with the threat. Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine will write and produce the series. The duo was previously responsible for the period action series, “Black Sails.”
FX president of originals Nick Grad said, “Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX. 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.”
As alluded to earlier, Bridges is probably best known for his role in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Big Lebowski.’ However, over the decades, the actor has starred in dozens of quality films, including winning an Oscar for his work in the film “Crazy Heart.” Lately, you can catch Bridges in films like “Bad Times at the El Royale,” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “Only the Brave,” and his Oscar-nominated role in “Hell or High Water.”
No word on when we might see “The Old Man” debut on FX, but production is expected to begin in the fall.