I expected that, after his release from prison last year, Wesley Snipes would be in heavy demand! But that hasn’t quite been the case – at least, not yet. Other than “Expendables 3,” which was released last summer, he doesn’t really have any definite big screen commitments, which may be why he’s making a move to the small screen.
After signing up for what could be his first TV regular series role (assuming it’s picked up as a full series), in NBC’s thriller pilot “Endgame,” Mr Snipes has inked a first-look deal with the studio behind the pilot, Sony Pictures Television, that will see the actor develop and produce a diverse slate of projects, via his Maandi Media shingle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s very exciting to be putting on my producing hat again,” the actor said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to reuniting with the studio responsible for the success of my film ‘The Fan.’”
In “Endgame,” which hails from the producers of “Leverage” and “The Blacklist, the series 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, 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.