De Niro, Moore may star in new TV series

BIG STARS, SMALL SCREEN: If the new show gets made, de Niro and Moore will join a growing list of Hollywood movie stars who have moved over to cable network TV shows.


    Aug 11, 2016

    De Niro, Moore may star in new TV series


    FILM-MAKER David O. Russell has tapped Oscar winners Robert de Niro and Julianne Moore to star in a new television series, reports said on Tuesday.

    The as yet untitled show will be a crime thriller, possibly set in the 1990s, and set to run for several seasons, according to film website Deadline.

    The project, expected to be a serialised miniseries, is reportedly being offered to cable and streaming outlets and has already garnered several competitive offers, various media are reporting.

    Russell - whose films include 2013 crime comedy American Hustle and 2015 biopic Joy - executive-produced SyFy's Outer Space Astronauts but has never directed a television series.

    In 2014, he co-wrote a TV series set in a private country club, ABC's The Club, but left the project without explanation and the show never aired.

    Moore is no stranger to the small screen, having won an Emmy for playing Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin in HBO TV movie Game Change.

    De Niro - who worked with Russell on Silver Linings Playbook and Joy - is due to appear as financier Bernie Madoff in the network's forthcoming film Wizard of Lies.

    Both Moore and de Niro have also appeared as guest stars on comedy TV show 30 Rock.

    Movie stars were at one time hardly ever seen in TV series. But in recent years, some of the most talked-about performances by big-name Hollywood actors have been on the small screen.

    HBO's True Detective, which debuted in 2014, starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, with Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn picking up the reins in the second season.

    Other recent shows with silver-screen A-listers include Showtime's House Of Lies, with Don Cheadle and - perhaps the most successful of all - Netflix political drama House Of Cards, with Kevin Spacey in the lead role.