Alan Cumming To Star In Dark Comedy ‘Florent’ For Showtime

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Alan Cumming - The Good WifeAlan Cumming, who has played campaign manager turned Chief of Staff Eli Gold since the first season of CBS’ The Good Wife, has signed up for a starring role in Florent, a dark comedy revolving around colourful New York restaurateur Florent Morellet which is set up at Showtime.

Florent tells the story of Florent Morellet, who opened a restaurant in New York City’s Meatpacking District in the 1980. The series would explore the day-to-day ups and downs of the eatery which became a destination for everyone from NY’s literati to the neighbourhood hookers and hustlers, the NYPD, and the burgeoning LGBT community.

Cumming will play lead character Florent Morellet and has been attached to project for quite some time. Originally, Florent was set up at Sundance last year, with Cumming set to produce and star. It was only after the AMC owned network released the project that Showtime bit, opting instead to re-develop the drama project as a half-hour dark comedy.

The script for Florent is being penned by Mad Men producer Patricia Resnick, with input from Florent Morellet himself. Showtime will produce in-house, with Resnick, Jonathan Baruch and Howard Braunstein serving as executive producers. The Good Wife helmer Rosemary Rodriguez is attached to direct al will also executive produce. Alan Cumming serves as a producer on the project.

Officially, Florent is in second position to Cumming’s role on The Good Wife but there is not expected to be a conflict should the project go to series. That is down to the fact that Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King have been relatively vocal about their desire to end the series with its upcoming seventh season. In the event CBS orders an eighth season, Florent would be put on hold until Cumming is available to move onto a new series.