In February, news broke that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn had teamed with comic vet Ed Brubaker for an upcoming Amazon crime thriller. The series, titled Too Old To Die Young, was described as being similar in tone to Refn’s Pusher trilogy, examining the story of a police officer who finds himself embroiled with the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles.
At the time, details were sparse. Refn and Brubaker were confirmed as co-writers, with Refn directing and Brubaker executive producing. Amazon had greenlit a straight-to-series 10-episode order, with filming slated to begin in Los Angeles this fall. According to initial reports, the project was eyeing several big-name stars, though no names had been floated around in public and no official deals had been made.
Now, THR reports that Too Old To Die Young has found its leading man in Miles Teller. He’ll play a grieving cop named Martin who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in the world of working-class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains, and gangs of teen killers. Amazon, which made the casting announcement on Monday, said the series will follow “killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai.”
The role marks Teller’s first significant foray into television since becoming a breakout actor, though he’s certainly not alone in the jump. As the TV scope has broadened to include long form, binge-oriented storytelling and compact limited series, movie stars have been flocking to the small screen in droves, and Amazon has lured in more than a few on its own. The streaming giant landed a high-profile David O’Russell package starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro back in November.
As for Teller, the part will certainly help to diversify his resume, though it’s not totally outside of his purview, either. In recent years, he’s turned increasingly to grittier roles. He starred as world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza in 2016 sports flick Bleed for This, and already has two similarly weighty films in the pipeline for later this year: Granite Mountain, a movie about the firemen who fought the 2013 wildfire in Prescott, Arizona that’s due September 22, and Thank You For Your Service, a war drama about combat vets dealing with PTSD which hits theaters October 27. Nonetheless, it will be exciting to see Teller tackle a fresh format as he continues to prove himself as a promising talent.
No premiere date or further details have been announced for Too Old To Die Young, but Screen Rant will keep you posted as updates become available.