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You can kill Sean Bean's character, but you can't kill his spirit or his talent! With The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones among his credits, Sean Bean is no stranger to playing a starring role in an adaptation of a book, which may come in handy in taking on the lead character in Legends, the latest drama to get the greenlight from TNT. Then again, based on the trailer, it looks like this character is having a bit of an identity crisis. The series is executive produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Alexander Cary (Homeland) and Jonathan Levin (Charmed) and is based on a book by spy novelist Robert Littell. Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris will serve as showrunners. The pilot has been written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who developed the series with Howard Gordon and Mark Bombeck
TNT announced today that they've given Legends a 10-episode order and hope to get the show on the air in 2014. In the series, Bean will play Mark Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division. His uncanny ability to transform himself for different jobs surely comes in handy, but as we saw in the trailer, he soon comes to question his actual identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that he may not be who he thinks he is. Has he been trapped in his own covers without even realizing it? It sounds like an interesting premise for a series, and Bean seems like a great choice to play the lead.
Also among the cast are Ali Larter, Rob Mayes, Tina Majorino and Steve Harris.
Legends isn't the only new series to get the greenlight at TNT this week. Yesterday we learned that Michael Bay's action drama The Last Ship was also going to series.