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It’s got a new title, but it’s still the same TV show formerly called Fire in the Hole (now retitled Lawman) from Graham Yost, based on a short story about a loose cannon U.S. Marshal by crime novelist Elmore Leonard that we’ve been covering for a while now. Star Timothy Olyphant is still onboard to play the show’s hero, the tough tumbling Raylan Givens. I mean, come on, even the name makes him sound tough. Olyphant has basically played this role before in Deadwood, so it should be like slipping on an old pair of comfortable bunny shoes for him.
According to THR, the show finds Olyphant playing U.S. Marshal Givens, a modern-day 19th-century-style lawman who enforces his own brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. But being that he’s a loose cannon type, of course it’ll take more than threats from some scumbags and his bosses back at their comfy offices to stop our hero from dealing out justice. That’s just how he rolls.
The show has been given the greenlight by the basic cable channel FX, who has ordered a full 13-episode first season from Yost and company. Production is expected this fall in Southern California for a spring 2010 premiere date.
Olyphant can next be seen in the David Twohy thriller “A Perfect Getaway” and the horror movie remake “The Crazies”, where he’ll also be playing a law-enforcement officer.
Below: “I knew there was a reason I kept the ‘stache. And they all laughed at me. Hah! Whose laughing now?”