Matthew Lillard is crossing "The Bridge" to FX.
The cable network has cast Lillard in a pivotal role in the pilot for the possible series. The actor joins series leads Demian Bichir ("Weeds") and Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"), as well as co-stars Annabeth Gish ("Mystic Pizza") and Ted Levine ("Silence of the Lambs"). Should "The Bridge" get picked up as a series, Lillard would recur as Daniel Frye, cocky El Paso journalist eager to get his career back on track after years of hard partying have derailed it. Sounds somewhat parallel to Lillard's own acting career, although substitute "hard partying" with "questionable role choices".
FX's series is adapted from the Scandinavian hit "I Bron," focusing on a serial killer working on both sides of the US and Mexican border. Bichir stars as Marco Ruiz, the likable family man detective from south of the border, who teams with an emotionally distant loner detective from El Paso, played by Diane Kruger, to catch the killer.
Lillard's acting credits go back a ways, perhaps best known for his roles in "Scream" and the live-action "Scooby Doo" features. He also has a full-length directorial debut coming out soon "Fat Kid Rules The World," about a bullied overweight high schooler who finds an outlet as a drummer for a punk band.