The West Wing star Bradley Whitford has signed on to play one of the leads in Civil, TNT’s drama pilot about a modern-day civil war that breaks out after the contested results of a presidential election.
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.
Whitford will play Grant Taylor, the Vice-President of the United States who was the Presidential nominee for the democratic party in the recent election. He is the second actor the be cast in the project after Without A Trace’s Enrique Murciano signed on to play GOP nominee and Speaker of the House of Representatives Juan Reyes. Deadline was the first to report the casting news.
This is the latest high-profile role for Whitford, who is arguably best known for his seven season run as Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on The West Wing. His more recent credits include turns on such shows as Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Shameless, Trophy Wife, Happyish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Whitford is represented by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.
Thanks in no small part to the fact that the project closely mirrors the current state of affairs – namely what is likely to be a very polarized and close presidential election between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump – Civil has been put on the fast-track at TNT. The drama is a co-production between MGM Television & TNT Originals and was penned by Scott Smith, while Allen Coulter is directing. The executive producers are Scott Smith, Lloyd Braun and Thomas Kelly.