Ryan Phillippe will star in the upcoming USA Network remake of “Shooter,” the cable network announced Thursday.
The pilot is based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg action movie, which was based on the 1993 Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact.”
Phillippe, who will also produce the project, will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper 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.
The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Wahlberg (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Entourage”) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Ballers”) 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 (“Ballers”) is set to direct the pilot.
Phillippe most recently appeared on television in “Secrets and Lies” where he starred opposite Juliette Lewis. Previously, he was seen on “Damages” playing Channing McClaren in the acclaimed drama’s final season. Most recently, Phillippe co-wrote, produced and starred in “Catch Hell,” which marks his directorial debut.
Phillippe is repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern