Fresh off of his star turn as famed attorney Johnnie Cochran is FX’s The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Courtney B. Vance has been tapped for a lead role in Civil, TNT’s hour-long drama pilot in which the United States devolves into a modern day Civil War as a result of the increased polarization in US politics.
From Allen Coulter and Scott Smith, Civil takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. The series weaves together the personal stories of citizens from all walks of life, whose actions – amplified in an age of instant media – add fuel to the conflict and affect the fate of the entire country.
Vance will play New York City Police Commissioner John Thorne, an old-school, law-and-order cop who’s unabashedly tough, with one newspaper dubbing him “Iron John.” As the nation’s unrest spreads to New York City, Thorne reacts with increasingly extreme measures, gradually assuming near-dictatorial power over the city he’s sworn to serve and protect.
Additionally, Harry Potter and Wayward Pines star Toby Jones has also been cast in Civil and will play shock-jock host Otis O’Dell, host of The Otis O’Dell Show. A Brit who has taken American citizenship, Otis prides himself on being more red-white-and-blue than most “native born” Americans. Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight, Smash) will also guest-star in the pilot as Graham Beller, a very capable, reasonable but long-suffering news producer and sometimes wrangler.
Vance, Jones and D’Arcy James are the latest actors to board Civil. They join a cast that is being led by Enrique Murciano (Without A Trace), who plays GOP nominee and Speaker of the House of Representatives Juan Reyes; and also includes The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford as Grant Taylor, the Vice-President of the United States who was the presidential nominee for the democratic party in the recent election.