EXCLUSIVE: Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett have landed the younger leads on the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country, joining previously cast Mary Steenburgen. Additionally, Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the pilot, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Grimes (Brothers & Sistsers) will play twentysomething Eli Larkin, a half-cowboy, half-modern guy who tries to get out of the crime ridden life he has grown accustom to in order to help his siblings, however he finds out that it is much harder than he expected. Bennett (Marley & Me) will play twentysomething Annabel Lee, a gorgeous country singer who is living in the shadow of her overprotective mother (Steenburgen).
Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote the Fox TV Studios/FX Prods.-produced Outlaw Country and are executive producing/co-showrunning with David Manson. Art Linson and John Linson also executive produce. Shooter Jennings serves as executive consultant and music supervisor. CAA-repped Dinner, who recently inked a new overall deal with Sony TV, also directed the pilot for the FX’s Justified and serves as an executive producer on the Sony-produced series. Additionally, he co-directed with Allen Coulter the pilot for another FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Grimes is with IFA and Global Creative.