Michelle Forbes, Patrick Fugit & more join USA Network’s Treadstone
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming Jason Bourne spin-off series Treastone at USA Network has expanded its cast with the additions of Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Patrick Fugit (Outcast), Michael Gaston (The Leftovers), Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Shruti Haasan.
Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. Jason Bourne, the central character in Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise, was a product of the program. The series follows new sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.
Forbes, who received an Emmy nomination for her work on the AMC drama The Killing, is set to play Ellen Becker, a CIA veteran balancing work and family while investigating a global conspiracy. Fugit, best-known for his breakout role in the 2000 music dramedy Almost Famous and has been seen since in the lead role on Cinemax’s adaptation of the Robert Kirkman graphic novel Outcast and big screen adaptation of Gone Girl, will recur as high school math teacher Stephen Haynes who has a dark side he is struggling to keep under control.
Gaston, a TV vet known for his work on everything from Jericho to The Mentalist to The Leftovers, will portray Dan Levine, a senior CIA veteran overseeing an investigation that involves some of the Agency’s darkest secrets. Haasan, a Bollywood star, will be making her English debut as Nira Patel, a young waitress in Dehli who is living a double life as a trained assassin. Haubrich, who most recently starred in the second season of the series adaptation of Wolf Creek, will recur as nurse Samantha who must reconcile with her husband Doug’s dark past.
The five new cast members join an already star-studded ensemble that includes Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Brian J. Smith (Sense8), Omar Metwally (Mr. Robot), Tracy Ifeachor (Doctor Who) and Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes).
Heroes creator Tim Kring serves as the writer and executive producer. Ramin Bahrani will direct the pilot and also serve as an executive producer. Ben Smith and Jeffery Weiner will executive produce on behalf of Captivate. Justin Levy will executive produce alongside Bradley Thomas for Imperative Entertainment.
The Bourne series first exploded onto cinemas way back in 2002 with Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon as the titular Jason Bourne, a man suffering from amnesia who must put the pieces of his life back together while using his exceptional fighting skills to thwart a CIA conspiracy. The film was a huge hit that spawned three sequels, most recently 2016’s Jason Bourne, which, although not quite as well received as its predecessors, still grossed $415 million worldwide. A spinoff film titled The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Tony Gilroy was released to middling reviews and average ticket sales in 2012.
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