Long ago, before movies like The Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the box office – in a time when comic book movies weren’t so well-regarded – there was a half-vampire/half-man that made them popular again. And his name was Blade, played by Wesley Snipes.
Snipes added cool and confident elements to the character and set him apart from other onscreen heroes of the time (Blade made our list of top 5 Marvel movie superheroes). And though Snipes recently played Doc “aka The Surgeon” in The Expendables 3, we haven’t seen him tackle a starring role in a while. But that will soon change.
Variety has announced that Wesley Snipes will star alongside Philip Winchester in a new NBC drama-thriller called The Player, the story of a former military operative-turned-security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop the biggest crimes imaginable. Other members of the cast include Charity Wakefield (The Raven) and Damon Gupton (Whiplash).
The series – written by John Rogers (Catwoman) – comes from the team behind NBC’s The Blacklist, so you can probably expect it to have a similar style. The show (which used to be called “Endgame”) was apparently an early favorite through pilot season and a change with the main character was made from playing a sniper to a security expert (a potentially drastic change?).
Given that The Blacklist has been NBC’s biggest show in recent years, we can probably expect The Player to embrace that show’s format – i.e., bad guy of the week episodes over a season-long storyline. There are a few critical things to avoid, of course: for starters, some have felt that Blacklist’s most popular role (played by James Spader) was used as a side character; massive cliffhangers were kind of ruined by the release of promos for the following week; and season 2’s mysteries were generally considered to be less interesting than season 1’s.
Ultimately, a vital key to The Player‘ success will be how well it can draw inspiration from shows in the same vein, and what new and distinct elements it will bring to the table. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more information on the series develops.
The Players will likely air in 2015.