John Lithgow, Director Jon Watts Join FX’s “The Old Man”

FX’s CIA drama series The Old Man is coming together. Actor John Lithgow and director Jon Watts have joined the new series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Lithgow will star opposite Jeff Bridges, who joined the new series back in July.
  • Lithgow, who is known for his roles in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun and comedies like Daddy’s Home 2 and This is 40, will play Harold Harper, an intelligent and tough former FBI agent.
  • Harper, who is called back to the FBI after suffering a terrible personal loss, has a complicated with Dan Chase, played by Bridges, which makes him uniquely suited for being the one to hunt him down.
  • Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, will direct and executive produce the new series.
  • The series will be written by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Warren Littlefield,  Dan Shotz, and David Schiff and Bridges.
  • The series will be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios in association with The Littlefield Company and production will begin this Fall.

The Plot (via Amazon):

  • To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow—this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime fiction.