Jeff Bridges to Star in FX Drama ‘The Old Man’ Based on Thomas Perry Novel

CIA drama from “Black Sails” team will be Bridges’ first TV gig

Jeff Bridges
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Jeff Bridges is taking on his first TV role, starring as a retired CIA officer in “The Old Man,” a drama based on Thomas Perry’s novel of the same name, for FX.

“The Old Man” is from the team behind Starz’s “Black Sails.” Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine will write the script and executive produce alongside Dan Shotz. Bridges is an executive producer along with Warren Littlefield and David Schiff.

Here is the description of the series from FX:

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, “The Old Man” centers on “Dan Chase” (Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since.  When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

The project was given a straight-to-series order by the network. It’s from Fox 21 TV Studios in association with The Littlefield Company. Steinberg and Shotz recently signed an exclusive overall deal with Fox 21 for all TV development.

“Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX,” FX president of originals Nick Grad said. “Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase. We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on Fargo, along with our partners at Fox 21.”

Production of the pilot episode begins this fall.