One year after announcing his Lymphoma diagnosis in October 2020, legendary actor Jeff Bridges announced that his cancer was in remission in 2021 and that he was ready to get back to work. The result is his first TV series in nearly 50 years: FX's The Old Man, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry. And it's a show that sees Bridges returning with a fury!
Bridges stars as former CIA operative Dan Chase who has been living off the grid for quite some time. He is forced to go on the run when an assassin tries to take him, ultimately leading to Chase renting a room from Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman) who becomes his unlikely partner in a quest for the truth. All the while, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) is called pursue Chase. Along with his complicated past with Chase, he brings into the mix his protégé Agent Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) along with Agent Raymond Waters (EJ Bonilla) and Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a highly trained special ops contractor.
Following yesterday's announcement the show will premiere on June 17th, a couple first images have been released showing Bridges and Lithgow in character. Check them out below:
The series found itself two-thirds of the way into shooting when production shut down in mid-March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, resuming in the fall with three episodes remaining to film, but again was soon halted when Bridges received his diagnosis and left to get treatment. However, the show managed to stay in production in order to shoot scenes from the remaining episodes that do not feature Bridges' character. Following Bridges' remission, production ultimately resumed in February 2022.
The long-awaited series is the creation of Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine. Steinberg in particular is noted for his cult shows including Jericho and Black Sails. Stay tuned!