Jeff Bridges

FX

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is ready to try something new: starring in a TV series. The veteran actor is taking on a lead role in the drama "The Old Man," which has gotten a straight-to-series order from FX, THR reports.

"The Old Man" is based on Thomas Perry's 2017 novel of the same name, and it follows Dan Chase (Bridges), an ex-CIA operative who lives off the grid. He has to face his past, however, when an assassin shows up and tries to take him out. The series comes from co-creators Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, who previously teamed up on Starz's "Black Sails."

Although Bridges has appeared on various TV series, this will be by far his largest role. He has primarily been a film star, racking up multiple Oscar nominations over the years and winning for his performance in 2009's "Crazy Heart." He also had a memorable turn as The Dude in the 1998 cult favorite "The Big Lebowski." Needless to say, FX is thrilled to have Bridges on board.

"Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX," said the network's president of originals, Nick Grad. "Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase."

Steinberg and Levine are set to executive produce the drama alongside Bridges, Warren Littlefield, Jeff Shotz, and David Schiff. It comes from Fox 21 Television Studios in association with The Littlefield Company.

Production on the pilot will kick off this fall.

[via: THR ]