Dec 5, 2012
Tradecraft: Sean Bean to Star in TNT Spy Series Legends
Deadline reports that Sean Bean (GoldenEye, Patriot Games, Age of Heroes) has been cast as the lead in Legends, the TNT spy series from Homeland producer Howard Gordon based on the book by Robert Littell. That's right: we're getting a Sean Bean spy show! How awesome is that? Legends has followed a very long road to production. It was originally developed in 2010 at NBC, where it died, before being surprisingly resurrected at TNT. (Gordon's success with Homeland probably helped.) There's a lot of talent involved, including producers Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor), and Mark Bomback (Agent Zigzag). Brenden Fraser was set to star in October, but bowed out a month later. To me, Sean Bean seems like a much better fit for the material! Bean was last seen spying on ABC's sadly short-lived Missing, rocking an American accent. It's not clear yet what accent he'll use in Legends, though since his character loses himself in various covers, we're likely to hear multiple accents. I was looking forward to this show already, but it just keeps getting better and better!