Timothy Olyphant (Hitman, Live Free or Die Hard, “Deadwood”) has been set to play the lead in FX’s drama pilot based on Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
The untitled project, from Sony TV, Timberman/Beverly Productions and creator/executive producer Graham Yost, centers on U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) who returns to his hometown in Kentucky.
“He has a certain jaggedness, but he also loves his job,” Yost said. “He is like an anachronism: He wears a hat, cowboy boots and a holster on his hip. It’s a little bit like he was born 100 years too late.”
The pilot, to be directed by Michael Dinner, starts production at the end of May.