Keep your eyes peeled for swoon-worthy Pierce Brosnan in coming months, as he’ll be in town shooting AMC’s “The Son,” reports Deadline. This will be Brosnan’s first television role since he starred in “Remington Steele” in the early ‘80s. Sam Neill was originally slated to take on the role as series lead, but has since left the show for personal reasons.
“The Son” begins filming in Austin this month, with a debut set for 2017. The show has a 10-episode order.
Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.
Brosnan will play Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. He was born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, earning the nickname “First Son of Texas” and is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy.
While this is great news for Brosnan fans, it comes on the heels of some bad news for the film and television industry in Austin, as Andy Langer confirmed on Twitter that “American Crime” will be packing up from Austin and heading to Los Angeles to film the third season of the show.
The first two seasons were shot in Austin, but the film incentives that once made Texas a booming film state have nearly dried up, sending even local filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez to other states like Louisiana, New Mexico, and Georgia.
— Andy Langer (@Andylanger) June 7, 2016
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