Warner Bros. has been trying to continue the Lethal Weapon franchise for years, but following a failed attempt to reboot the property with a fifth installment, the studio decided to change direction and follow the current trend by moving to the small screen.
FOX has ordered the show to pilot, which will follow a similar premise to the feature films and center on Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs, who moves to Los Angeles after losing his wife and baby. There, he partners up with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. While the actor playing Riggs remains an unknown at this point, Mad Men alumni Kevin Rahm is the latest to join the cast as a series regular.
According to Deadline, Rahm has been recruited in the role of the diplomatic Captain Avery, who appears to be more of a politician than a cop. While he always dresses the part and certainly enjoys the perks that come along with his recent promotion to Captain, he remains humble, perhaps because he started out in the field working alongside Murtaugh. Avery is the man responsible for pairing the dream team, consisting of Murtaugh and Riggs, as he had hoped that the younger cop could add a little vigor back into his ex-partner’s career.
Rahm would appear to be a credible actor for the role, as he played Ted Chaough on Mad Men for four seasons, rising to series regular status in his latter two seasons. Similarly to his upcoming role in the Lethal Weapon reboot, his character in the AMC drama strived for success and liked to consider himself an equal to creative director Don Draper, though he often had an unassuming nature and cooler temperament than his rival. When he isn’t playing a New York businessman, he can be found in recurring roles on a host of other television shows including Desperate Housewives, Bates Motel and the recent CBS drama Madam Secretary.
In the film franchise, Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) had to answer to the head of the detective bureau of the LAPD, Captain Ed Murphy (Steve Kahan), who was often on the verge of a major cardiac incident, given the troubles that his “best” men presented him with on a regular basis. The frequently scarlet-faced Captain took his duties very seriously and would serve up appropriate punishments when required. Understandably, fans of the franchise will likely expect an equally strong-minded figurehead to take the Captain’s chair at the LAPD, so lets hope that Rahm promptly adjusts to that corner office and steps up to the plate.
Joining Rahm on the new buddy cop action series is Jordana Brewster, who has been cast as Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill, the LAPD’s hostage negotiator and in-house therapist. She will offer support to cops that are dealing with trauma, though she might have a hard case on her hands when it comes to Riggs.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all developments on the Lethal Weapon TV show.