Per Deadline, Castle‘s Barry Schindel has boarded the Training Day TV show pilot at CBS. He will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Schindel filled the same shoes on the CBS drama, Intelligence, which was cancelled after a 13 episode run. Bill Paxton is set to star, with Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, and Lex Scott Davis.
The pilot is an adaptation of Denzel Washington’s 2001 film, of the same name. It comes from Will Beall, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman. Set in the present, 15 years after the film, it features a young African-American cop, who Deadline says “is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective.”
Although EP Antoine Fuqua directed the film, and was originally set to direct the pilot, he had to pull out, because of scheduling conflicts. Danny Cannon will now take the director’s chair. Castle‘s Will Beall is writing.
The film featured Washington as an older black cop, mentoring Ethan Hawke’s white rookie. In the TV adaptation, the older cop is white, and the rookie is black. There had been talk of Hawke reprising his film role for the pilot, but Paxton was cast instead.
According to reports, Law has been cast as LAPD Detective Rebecca Lee. Davis is set as Alyse Arrendondo. Her character is the wife of Kyle Craig (casting not yet announced), the young, idealist black police officer partnered with Paxton’s Frank Rourke.
Van Acker will play Tommy Campbell, an officer with the LAPD’s Special Investigation Section (or S.I.S.) Deadline says, “Campbell is a former pro surfer who’s usually seen in board shorts; he may still look like a surfer, but he’s traded in riding the waves for the dangerous highs that come from swimming with a different type of shark.”
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