I’m still not entirely sure TV needs a continuation of The Firm, but I’m trying to keep an open mind about the project and this latest bit of casting news has me intrigued. Boarding the drama series is a Cylon and a natural born killer (or actors who have played such roles in the past.)
The Firm reboot is more of a continuation of the popular John Grisham novel-turned-film. In the original story, a young attorney named Mitchell McDeere helped take down a corrupt law firm. The TV series, which NBC has slated to join their mid-season line-up, follows McDeere and his family, a decade later, emerging from isolation and headed straight back into drama (some familiar, some new).
Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, The Lincoln Lawyer) is set to play Mitchell McDeere. NBC announced today that Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Whip It) and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica, Californication) have been cast in the series. Lewis’ character Tammy is described as a “feisty, sexy receptionist” who likes to change her hair color and is in an on-again/off-again relationship with Mitch’s brother Ray. Tammy apparently has issues with Mitch’s new job, as she’s not sure she’s cut out to work in a upscale law firm.
Callum Keith Rennie will play the role of Ray (mentioned above), Mitch’s brother. He’s described as “highly un-ambitious” and loyal and due to a stint in prison for manslaughter, he has some useful contacts in his work as Mitch’s investigator.
Callum Keith Rennie’s previous roles include a season of Californication and most recently a part on AMC’s The Killing. While he was fine in The Killing and highly entertaining as the bad-boy record producer in Californication, I will most likely forever associate him with Leoben, the Cylon with a spiritual side and a desperate desire to teach Kara all about her special destiny. I have no trouble picturing him playing the less polished McDeere brother in The Firm. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.
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