Friday Night Lights' Jesse Plemons Cast In HBO Pilot The Missionary

By Kelly West 2012-11-15 15:08:12 discussion comments
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For a while, Jesse Plemons was - to many Friday Night Lights fans - best associated for his role as the trusted, reliable and occasionally adorable Landry Clarke on FNL. But his recent appearances on Breaking Bad may have marred that image for some of us. That's hardly a complaint, as creepy Todd was a welcome addition to the already fantastic cast of the AMC drama. Still, my smile comes a little less easily when I see his face. I'm willing to get over that for a bit of great casting news, which is what we have here.

Deadline reports that Plemons has joined the cast of The Missionary, the HBO drama pilot starring Benjamin Walker. The pilot comes from Charles Randolph and is produced by Mark Wahlberg and Malcolm Gladwell. It's described as a Cold War spy drama, set in Berlin during the late 60s. Walker plays Roy, "a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin." Meanwhile, Plemons is set to play Sherwood Elbridge, who's described as "a young coca-cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc."

We know and love him from Friday Night Lights and now know he can make uncomfortable thanks to his performance as the unsettling Todd in Breaking Bad. At the very least, Plemons has range and that should serve him well in this new role. Hopefully things turn out well for The Missionary, which sounds like an interesting project. It'd be great to see Plemons back in a regular role on TV, especially since things didn't work out so well for the NBC comedy Bent (I'm still not over that show's brief run and cancellation).
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