Legends, a spy drama starring Sean Bean, has been ordered to series by TNT.
The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is set to premiere in 2014.
Legends is based on the book of the same name by Robert Littell. TNT had previously adapted Littell’s book, The Company, as a mini-series.
Bean will star as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division. He is able to transform himself into a different person for each job, but he begins to question his identity when a stranger suggests that he isn’t who he thinks he is.
The lead role was initially supposed to be played by Brendan Fraser, but the Mummy actor left the series due to creative differences. The role then went to Bean, who is best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings. The British actor also recently starred on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The series will co-star Ali Larter, Amber Vallette, Steve Harris, and Tina Majorino. Legends is exectuive produced by Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary, the team behind Homeland, along with Jonathan Levin (Charmed). Sleeper Cell duo Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who have been writing together since 1987, have been tapped as the series’ showrunners.
“Legends has everything you want in a good spy drama: intriguing characters, multi-layered plots, a terrific cast and lots of action and suspense,” Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said in a statement. “At the center of it all is Sean Bean, giving an outstanding performance in an extremely complex and difficult role. We are very excited to work with Howard Gordon and his fellow executive producers, who have put together a truly extraordinary drama.”
Gordon has two other projects in development: Anatomy of Violence at CBS, and Tyrant at FX.
Will you be watching Legends when it premieres?