The pilot of the FX drama series The Old Man continues to load up on talent with the addition of John Lithgow and director Jon Watts, it was announced by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. Lithgow will star alongside Jeff Bridges in the pilot, which begins production this fall under the direction of Watts, who most recently directed and co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming and the sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. Watts will also serve as an executive producer on The Old Man.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, The Old Man centers on “Dan Chase” (Jeff Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.
Lithgow will play Harold Harper. Intelligent and tough with deep reservoirs of compassion and ruthlessness, Harper is called back to service by the FBI after suffering a terrible personal loss. He has a complicated past with rogue fugitive Chase, which makes him uniquely suited for hunting him down.
Written by Jon Steinberg & Robert Levine, The Old Man is executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Steinberg, Dan Shotz, Levine, Jeff Bridges, David Schiff and Jon Watts. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios in association with The Littlefield Company.
John Lithgow has appeared in over 40 major films, receiving Academy Award nominations in two successive years, for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. His recent films include Love Is Strange, Interstellar, The Accountant, Miss Sloane, Beatriz at Dinner, Daddy’s Home 2, Late Night, The Tomorrow Man, Pet Sematary and the soon to be released Bombshell.
For his work on television, Lithgow has won six Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three SAG Awards, one Critics’ Choice Award and an American Comedy Award. His most notable roles include Dr. Dick Solomon on NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, the Trinity Killer in Showtime’s Dexter and Sir Winston Churchill in the Netflix Original Series The Crown.
On stage, he has appeared in over twenty Broadway productions, earning him four Drama Desk Awards and two Tony Awards including one for his 1973 Broadway debut in David Storey’s The Changing Room and for his first Broadway musical, Sweet Smell of Success in 2002. His other Tony-nominated roles were featured in Requiem for a Heavyweight, M Butterfly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the The Columnist. In 2018, Lithgow hit the Broadway stage starring in the solo show John Lithgow: Stories by Heart and this year he was most recently seen in Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton. In 2005, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.
Lithgow has written nine New York Times best-selling children’s picture books, most recently Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. He has performed orchestra concerts for children with a dozen major American symphony orchestras and has recorded three albums of songs for kids. Such work has earned him four Grammy Award nominations. His upcoming book Dumpty, a satirical look at the last few years of politics, will be released by Chronicle Books this October.