Comedian. Action Hero. Dramatic movie star. And now, thanks to a new deal with TNT, Brendan Fraser can add television star to that list.
Fraser has worked steadily in Hollywood as both a leading man and a supporting star for two straight decades. Ever since his breakout appearance in "Encino Man"--a film where he barely uttered a word--the imposing actor has blended laughs with thrills in films like 'The Mummy' and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.' Now, after twenty years on top, Fraser is coming to the small screen, having been cast in the lead of TNT's upcoming original covert spy series 'Legends.'
'Legends' is being adapted from the novel by Robert Littell about Martin Odum (to be portrayed by Fraser), a covert operative who has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person to complete different missions. Developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and feature writer Mark Bomback, the pilot is being directed by David Semel. Semel has been building up a very impressive track record of late, having directed episodes of 'Person of Interest' and 'American Horror Story' over the past two seasons.
Fraser is all-too-often remembered for his children's movies like 'Dudley Do-Right' and 'George of the Jungle,' but the actor has proven his mettle with roles in Academy Award nominated films like 'School Ties' and the criminally-underrated 'Gods & Monsters.' Sadly, Fraser's own performances have been largely overlooked by the Academy, with his highest accolade being his own star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
A pilot directed by Semel could be Fraser's ticket back to the A-List. Following other successful TNT original series like 'Falling Skies,' 'Legends' has the talent and source material to make a major splash next season.
As 'Legends' casting is rounded out, TVRage will have all of the latest news.