Ryan Phillippe’s ‘Shooter’ Series Recasts Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Female Lead

Actress takes over for Emily Rios on forthcoming USA show

Ryan Phillippe‘s upcoming series “Shooter” at USA has recast its female lead, TheWrap has learned.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson is taking over the role of Nadine Memphis, an FBI agent who gets mixed up with off-the-grid former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe). Originally, Emily Rios was cast in the part.

Nadine has a strong intuition and dogged determination, which has made her a rising star in the Bureau, but her headstrong personality has also landed her in trouble in the past. As the arresting officer of a would-be-assassin, she may have set her career back on the fast track, but her gut tells her there’s more to this case. Not realizing the depth of the conspiracy, she unwittingly puts both her investigation and her life in jeopardy.

Best known for her role as Naevia on the Starz¬†series “Spartacus,” Addai-Robinson can currently be seen on “Chicago Med” and “Arrow.” In 2015, she starred in the miniseries “Texas Rising” opposite Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez and Ray Liotta.

Phillippe, who will also produce the project, stars as Swagger, who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all the skills he acquired as a decorated Marine sharpshooter to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up.

Omar Epps also stars and plays Isaac Johnson, an ex-Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.

The series is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg project of the same name, which was itself based on the novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter.

The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Wahlberg (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “The Real O’Neals”). John Hlavin (“The Shield”) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (“Bloodline”) directed the pilot.

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