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Just a couple of weeks ago, we learned that Brendan Fraser was set to star in Howard Gordon's TNT pilot. Now it looks as though the actor has left the role, though there's no word on who will replace the Mummy star in the project, and details on the reason behind Fraser's exit are vague.
Last month we shared word that Brendan Fraser was cast in a starring role in TNT's drama pilot Legends. The project is produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) and based on a spy novel by Robert Littell. It centers on Martin Odum, an undercover agent who has the ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. Sounds like an extremely useful skill for a spy, and it might've been a great role for Fraser. Alas, TVLine is reporting that Fraser is exiting the project due to "creative differences."
I was a big fan of Fraser's work in the 90s (School Ties and - I'm not ashamed to admit it - Airheads). He's since gone on to play the lead in the Mummy films among other features. It would be great to see him starring in a TV drama. At the time of his casting, it was said that Fraser was being sought for a number of pilots this fall. Perhaps he'll land somewhere else on the small screen. In the meantime, the actor has a lengthy list of feature projects in the works, including Eric Brevig's The Legend of William Tell: 3D, in which he's currently cast to play the title role.
With Fraser out, the series is now short one lead. The role will be recast, so we'll have to keep an ear out to see who's brought in to fill Fraser's shoes.