By Jethro Nededog
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - TNT has picked up spy drama, "Legends," from the producers of Showtime's "Homeland" and based on the novel by Robert Littell.
It will star Screen Actor's Guild Award winner Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones"). The series from Fox 21 received a 10-episode order and will premiere in 2014.
"Legends has everything you want in a good spy drama: intriguing characters, multi-layered plots, a terrific cast and lots of action and suspense," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies in a statement.
"At the center of it all is Sean Bean, giving an outstanding performance in an extremely complex and difficult role. We are very excited to work with Howard Gordon and his fellow executive producers, who have put together a truly extraordinary drama," he continued.
Bean plays Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (D.C.O.) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But, he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn't the man he believes himself to be.
"Legends" also stars Ali Larter ("Heroes") as Crystal Quest, Rob Mayes ("The Client List") as Troy Quinn, Tina Majorino ("Grey's Anatomy") as Maggie Harris, Steve Harris ("The Practice," "Awake") as Nelson Gates, Amber Valletta ("Revenge") as Sonya Odum and Lux Haney Jardine ("Abraham Lincon: Vampire Hunter") as Martin's pre-teen son, Aiden.
Howard Gordon ("Homeland," "24"), Alexander Cary ("Homeland," "Lie to Me") and Jonathan Levin ("Charmed") executive produce the series, along with show runners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, the creators of "Sleeper Cell." Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Traitor," "The Day After Tomorrow") and Mark Bomback ("Live Free or Die Hard") serve as consulting producers.
The pilot was directed and executive-produced David Semel ("Heroes," "Person of Interest") and written by Nachmanoff, who developed the story with Gordon and Bomback.