We’ve got a couple of TV-related casting stories to share this morning. First up, Sean Bean has signed on to replace Brendan Fraser as the lead in TNT’s espionage pilot Legends. The series is based on a novel by Robert Littell and follows a former CIA operative now acting as a private detective who has the unique ability to turn himself into a different person for each assignment. Fraser exited the project after he and showrunner Howard Gordon didn’t see eye to eye on how to approach the lead character, and now Variety reports that Bean is stepping into the lead role.
Bean’s characters have a tendency to, well, die unexpectedly, but I think he’s safe here as he’ll be toplining the series (at least I hope…). Legends is one of a number of new projects 24 veteran Gordon is spearheading following the immense success of his Showtime series Homeland. Hit the jump for casting news regarding a Seinfeld alum visiting Community.
We recently learned the long-time-coming news that Chevy Chase will be leaving the NBC comedy series Community at the end of this coming season, and now comes word that Jason Alexander is set for a guest spot on the show. Alexander announced the news on his Twitter thusly:
Filming a crazy episode of COMMUNITY this week. Can’t say much about it but it’s a fun one.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) December 4, 2012
No details are known regarding Alexander’s character, but he should make a welcome addition to the incredibly talented ensemble. Community finally returns for its Dan Harmon-less fourth season on February 7th.