Nathan Fillion to Star in ABC Crime Series The Rookie

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The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, gets a straight-to-series order from ABC

The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, gets a straight-to-series order from ABC

Castle and Firefly star Nathan Fillion is heading back to ABC to star in The Rookie, according to Deadline. The “light crime drama” will also be executive produced by Fillion. The Rookie has gotten a straight-to-series order from the network. The show comes to us from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. Fillion will be working once again with Castle executive producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley on the series.

Hawley and Fillion will executive produce The Rookie with Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper from The Mark Gordon Company as well as Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg. The show will be written by Hawley.

The Rookie is reportedly inspired by a true story. Fillion will play John Nolan, “the oldest rookie in the LAPD.  At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop.  Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a ‘young’ cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.”

Fillion is known for playing Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the short-lived but well-loved Joss Whedon sci-fi series Firefly and reprised the role in the film Serenity. He played mystery writer Rick Castle in the ABC series Castle, which is the network’s most successful procedural drama of the past decade. He’s appeared on Modern Family and played the Monstrous Inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy. He also played Bill Pardy in the horror film Slither.

What do you guys think of Nathan Fillion signing on for the crime drama The Rookie? Are you interested in the show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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