Timothy Olyphant Cast as Lead in FX Pilot Based on Elmore Leonard Short Story "Fire in the Hole"

Timothy Olyphant Sidles Up to FX Pilot


Timothy Olyphant is staying in business with FX. Just a few weeks after we saw the end to his arc on Damages, Olyphant has been cast as the lead in a new pilot based on an Elmore Leonard short story.

In the as-yet-untitled pilot, based on the story "Fire in the Hole," Olyphant will play U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who returns to his Kentucky hometown. Here's how the show's writer, Graham Yost, described the character:

He has a certain jaggedness, but he also loves his job. He is like an anachronism: He wears a hat, cowboy boots and a holster on his hip. It's a little bit like he was born 100 years too late.

Maybe Olyphant will channel a character from earlier in his career (and roughly a century older): Sheriff Seth Bullock from HBO's Deadwood, the outlaw series set in the 1870s.

I wonder if this means the end for Olyphant's Wes on Damages, but I'll also be curious to see him hold down a show as the lead. What do you make of this news?

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