FX has finalized its casting for the upcoming drama series pilot “Hoke,” now set to star Paul Giamatti, Oona Chaplin, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Jordi Mollà and Tammy Blanchard. Scott Frank wrote and will direct the pilot episode, and he will be co-showrunner with David Manson if “Hoke” goes to series. Frank, Manson, Curtis Hanson, Carol Fenelon, Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey serve as executive producers.
“Hoke” is a darkly comedic drama based on Charles Willeford’s series of novels “Sideswipe,” “New Hope for the Dead” and “The Way We Die Now”. It is a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective, “Hoke Moseley” (Giamatti), in pre-chic Miami circa early 1980s.
Oona Chaplin plays “Ellita Sanchez,” a sharp young homicide detective recently promoted from dispatcher to Hoke’s new partner.
John Carroll Lynch plays “Bill Henderson,” an old guard Miami PD detective and Hoke’s former partner who is equally as miserable in the recently diversified department.
Robert Wisdom is “Major Brownley,” the head of the Miami PD Homicide Squad who has a long history with Hoke and his antics.
Jordi Mollà plays “Armando Zuniga,” a sociopathic Cuban man who arrives on the shores of Miami in the rumpled, faded clothing of a peasant Cuban refugee and integrates into the city posing as a famous poet of the Cuban people.
Tammy Blanchard plays “Loretta Hickey,” the striking mother of a murdered drug addict who Hoke comes across while investigating the case.
“Hoke” is produced by FX Productions, and production on the pilot will begin this spring in Miami.
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