Timothy Olyphant seems right at home playing a sheriff in Breck Eisner's remake of George Romero's 1973 film, The Crazies. Though his career started with roles in films like Scream 2 and Go, the Hawaiian-born, California-raised actor is best known for playing Sheriff Seth Bullock on HBO's western-drama series, Deadwood. He'll also be playing the lead role of banished US Marshall Rayland Givens in the upcoming FX series Justified, but this Friday he wears the badge of Sheriff Dutton--a man unprepared for the havoc about to be wrecked upon the quiet Iowa town he presides over.
Eisner's reimagining of Romero's story similarly explores the people of a small town trying to come to grips with what is happening to their friends and loved ones when a mysterious toxin contaminates the water supply--transforming everyone they know into mindless killers. Hysteria sets in when the military closes off the town in an attempt to contain the virus. Olyphant's character, David Dutton, is the sheriff leading a group of uninfected townspeople in the fight for survival, alongside his pregnant wife, Judy, played by Radha Mitchell.