Actor and playwright Sam Shepard is headed to the small screen (or your tablet and smartphone). The 'August: Osage County' star has signed on to join the cast of Netflix's untitled family drama from 'Damages' creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler.
The 13-episode series focuses on a family of tight adult siblings whose dark secrets come to light when the black sheep brother returns to their hometown. Ben Mendelsohn ('The Dark Knight Rises') plays the misunderstood black sheep. While Kyle Chandler ('Friday Night Lights') plays the responsible, older brother, and Linda Cardellini ('Freaks and Geeks') and Norman Leo Butz play the younger and more charming siblings.
Shepard will play the patriarch of the dysfunctional family opposite his frequent co-star Sissy Spacek, who plays the matriarch. Not much is known about Shepard's character, but we can surmise he must have his own secrets and scars that he'd like to keep hidden.
Shepard, of course, has enjoyed a pretty pedigreed film career. An Oscar nominee for 1983's 'The Right Stuff,' he appeared opposite Spacek in 'Raggedy Man,' 'Streets of Laredo,' 'The Good Old Boys' and 'Crimes of the Heart.' His TV credits aren't too shabby, either. He most recently starred in Discovery's first scripted miniseries, 'Klondike,' and earned a lead actor miniseries Emmy nomination for 1999's 'Dash and Lilly.'
The Netflix drama is scheduled to start shooting this month in Florida.