Say it with me now: "And the winner for Best Actor in a Drama Series goes to...Sly Stallone!"
Just trying to put that into the universe. Back in 2015, I wouldn't think it possible Stallone was going to be an award contender playing Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in the spin-off Creed. But stranger things have happened and now Stallone is teaming up with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan for the truly hard-boiled drama series Tulsa King. And even more interesting is Stallone playing a less-than-scrupulous character which goes against his usual action hero persona.
Stallone stars as Italian mobster Dwight "The General" Manfredi who, after being released from a 25 year stint in prison, finds himself facing the startling task of reestablishing his Italian mafia family in Kansas City, Missouri. And today, Stallone himself wanted to introduce us to his newest character by releasing the first official look of him in character on his Instagram account. Check it out below:
While Sheridan is reserved to the role of executive producer, Terence Winter is taking on the role of showrunner. Winter previously was known for creating the show Boardwalk Empire and writing the script for Martin Scorsese's award-winning 2014 film The Wolf of Wall Street. The series is still shooting on-location in Oklahoma where Stallone finds himself surrounded by an ensemble of noteworthy actors known for playing mafia roles with gusto. This includes Max Casella (The Sopranos), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire), Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), Jeff Panzarella (Blue Bloods), and Chris Caldovino (also Boardwalk Empire).
With that kind of creative force behind him, Stallone may yet himself in another great comeback role in a show that will serve as his first TV/streaming role ever. No premiere date has been announced but it is set to stream on Paramount+. Stay tuned!