Al Pacino To Star In 'The Hunt' TV Show From Jordan Peele
Al Pacino is heading to television for his first full series gig. The Hollywood legend is closing talks to star in a TV show from executive producer Jordan Peele. The series, called "The Hunt," will have Pacino playing the role of a Nazi hunter in the 1970s and it is expected to run for 10 episodes at Amazon Prime.
According to Deadline, Pacino will star alongside Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson") who has been cast earlier. The young star will play Jonah Heidelbaum who wants the find his grandmother's murderers, which will lead him to Pacino's group.
Pacino's character will serve as a mentor to Lerman's character. They'll target alleged high-ranking officials from Hitler's regime who have come to settle in the United States to establish another Fourth Reich.
David Weil will write and develop the story for "The Hunt." He'll also work as the co-showrunner with Nikki Toscano under Peele's Monkeypay Productions. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, is being tapped to direct the series. If all goes according to plan, filming for "The Hunt" will start in February in New York.
Amazon Prime has not yet announced when "The Hunt" will launch. The streaming platform confirmed the show as a straight-to-series order last May 2018.
"The Hunt" is technically not the first TV project for Pacino. He's done the miniseries "Angels In America," "Paterno," and "You Don't Know Jack" for HBO, for which he won a few Emmy awards, the most prestigious award-giving body for television productions.
But "The Hunt" will be the first time Pacino does a full series role in his long-standing career as a movie star. Celebrated for his work in "The Godfather Trilogy" and "Scarface," Pacino has been acting since the 1960s.
The year 2019 is going to be big for Pacino. Aside from "The Hunt," the actor will also be working with director Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in the film "The Irishman." This movie will have Pacino, 77, playing a 39-year-old mobster through the magic of filmmaking.
Pacino is also in the cast of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood." The movie will follow events relating to the Manson murders in the early '70s.
The actor follows a string of Hollywood A-listers who have ditched doing movies in favor of television. Julia Roberts recently starred in "Homecoming," which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Cate Blanchett is also going to launch her show "Mrs. America" on FX sometime this year.