Feb 15, 2012

Tradecraft: Ali Larter Flaunts Her Asset

Deadline reports that Heroes alum Ali Larter has scored the lead role on the Fox spy pilot The Asset. Larter will play photojournalist/spy (it's not just a cover; she's really passionate about her pictures) Anna King, billed as a "Human Intel Specialist" with behavioral insights similar to those of House or the Mentalist. But the far more interesting aspect of her character, and what separates her from similar TV spy heroines like Sydney Bristow or Annie Walker, is that she doesn't merely seduce her targets up to a point and then overpower them; she actually sleeps with them... and develops very complicated feelings about that. My pun may be lame as a headline, but I actually think the title Assets would better describe this show, since King herself (as she's always referred to) is an agent rather than an asset, and it seems like she'll recruit, run and otherwise use a number of individual assets (plural) over the course of the series. And, of course, she uses her own God-given assets to do so. And it's Fox, so puns like that should be par for the course! Limitless director Neil Burger is helming this pilot, from a script by Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman. Read more about The Asset here.

2 comments:

BISH said...

This one, unfortunately, sounds like so much crap to me. I liked limitless, so perhaps the director can salvage something from the mess Fox's press release is describing. "A spy who sleeps with her targets and her assests to get them to do her bidding," sounds more like The Baroness series of books from the '70s. Surely, we can do better ...

Tanner said...

I'm afraid that's not Fox's press release, but my own sloppy encapsulation. Fox's version simply says the show's about a female spy working out of the CIA's New York office... which doesn't differentiate it at all from Alias or Covert Affairs or other similar series. I think I probably did it a disservice in that description (I was trying to stay succinct), because it's nothing like The Baroness. The pilot script actually hints at a complex character more in keeping with Claire Danes' role on Homeland, who has very complex feelings about the sexual connections she makes with her assets. I'm not sure that a network is the best place to explore this kind of thing, but there's real potential there for a very interesting and adult series.