Jim Belushi Joins Fox’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ Pilot

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Jim BelushiIn what is his first series regular role since the short-lived CBS legal dramedy The Defenders, Jim Belushi has joined the cast of Fox’s hour-long drama pilot Urban Cowboy, which is based on the John Travolta fronted 1980s feature film of the same name.

Fox’s reboot of Urban Cowboy is described as “music fuelled” drama which follows Kyle and Gaby, two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries, and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love, and the American dream.

Jim Belushi will play Marshall, a spirited long haul truck driver turned honky tonk bar owner, who is as much of a Houston institution as is  his bar Gilley’s. He is the second actor to board the pilot since it got a green-light earlier this Summer. Alfonso Herrera (Sense8) was previously cast as male lead Kyle – the part that was played by John Travolta in the original feature film.

Urban Cowboy is set up as a co-production between Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Craig Brewer is attached to write, direct and executive produce the pilot. Robert Evans, Sue Naegle and Chris Levinson also serve as executive producers on Urban Cowboy. The pilot is set to commence filming later this year, with Fox said to be eyeing a pick-up for midseason.