TNT released a new trailer for Howard Gordon's suspenseful looking drama Legends at SXSW this week. The drama puts Sean Bean back on the small screen in a starring role, this time around playing an undercover FBI agents who begins to struggle with what looks like a pretty major identity crisis.TNT has it on the schedule to debut this August.
Legends has received an August 20 premiere date at TNT, which barely qualifies it as a Summer series, considering it'll likely run over into the Fall season, but that's just fine. Those looking for some serious action may find it here, judging by the new trailer. Based on a book from Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an undercover agent among the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division. The character's ability to transform himself into a different person for each assignment makes him a perfect fit for this kind of work. But what if his actual life and personality isn't what he thinks it is? The series synopsis indicates that a mysterious stranger will offer that suggestion to Odum, and the trailer certainly reveals some confusion on the part of the lead character. There's a moment where his son asks him about bad guys and he looks confused, and later his coworkers note that his accent changed.
Speaking of coworkers, you may have noticed Tina Majorino in the video. She's on board to play Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team. New member, huh? Possible mole. Too obvious? Maybe. The synopsis mentions nothing about any moles but factor in the government agency specializing in undercover work and 24's Howard Gordon and you know there's a good chance someone's a mole. Sean Bean could be the mole, right? Or maybe it's Steve Harris' character Nelson Gates, the director of the DCO Task Force. Morris Chestnut plays Tony Cimarrow, "a smart quick-witted and charming DCO agent." And possible mole. See also Ali Larter, who plays Crystal Quest, whose name makes me think she stands more of a chance of being a Legends of Zelda sequel than a mole. Or both. She's actually a fellow operative "with a history with Martin."
Beyond obsessing over a possible mole twist, we also have to worry about the fate of Sean Bean's character, as the actor has a history of ill-fated characters, lead or otherwise. "But he's the star of the show," you might be thinking. "They can't kill him off!" Right.
On an aside, Bean took over the role from Brendan Fraser, who was originally cast in the pilot but later dropped out.
Catch Legends when it premieres Wednesday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TNT.