I expected that, after his release from prison, Wesley Snipes’ slate of upcoming projects would be overflowing! But that just hasn’t been the case, unfortunately for him – at least, not yet. Other than “Expendables 3,” which was released last summer, he doesn’t have much else coming to the big screen (he’s attached to star in a heist drama titled “Five Minutes to Live”), which may be why he’s making this move to the small screen, in what will be his first TV regular series role.
Snipes has joined the cast of NBC’s thriller pilot “Endgame,” which hails from the producers of “Leverage” and “The Blacklist, and is set in Las Vegas, where a former sniper turned security expert (played by Philip Winchester) is drawn into a conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges, which are all part of a game he has to play in order to save innocent lives.
Snipes has signed up to play a character named Johnson, who is described as the highly intelligent, analytical, and unflappable “pit boss” of the game that Winchester’s character is caught up in.
Snipes joins a long list of black actors who’ve booked leading roles in pilots which may or may not go to series for the upcoming 2015/2016 TV season. I’ll be publishing a list of all of them soon. As noted previously, black actors are seemingly and suddenly in high demand, likely thanks in large part to the recent successes enjoyed by series like “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” of course “Empire,” and more.
Speaking of “Empire,” did you know that he was Lee Daniels’ initial choice to play Lucious Lyon in the series (a role that would eventually go to Terrence Howard), but negotiations didn’t lead to an agreement?