A few weeks ago, Diane Kruger landed the female lead on FX’s upcoming drama pilot, “The Bridge.” And now the network has added three additional performers to the cast.
Deadline is reporting that Demian Bichir has been cast as the male lead, with Annabeth Gish and Ted Levine on board for supporting roles.
Based upon the Scandinavian TV series “Bron/Broen;” “The Bridge” follows two detectives from Mexico and the United States who must team up to bring down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Bichir will play Marco Ruiz, one of the few members of his police force not beholden to the Mexican drug cartels. Kruger will play his American counterpart, Detective Sonya North from El Paso PD’s Homicide division.
Gish will portray Charlotte, a recently widowed rancher’s wife who discovers that her late husband may have been keeping some shocking secrets from her. Levine will play Sonya’s Lieutenant at her police department and his character is described as “a veteran cop with a weathered cowboy swagger.”
In America, Bichir may be best known for his turn as the sinister Esteban Reyes on “Weeds” (pictured above) and for his Academy Award nominated performance in A Better Life. Gish has previously co-starred in “The X-Files,” “The West Wing” and “Brotherhood” while Levine played Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs and Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in USA’s “Monk.”
The pilot episode for “The Bridge” will be helmed by Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala). Production is expected to begin within a few months in Los Angeles and El Paso.