EXCLUSIVE: Sought-after TV leading man Kyle Chandler is off the market for this coming pilot season. I’ve learned that the Friday Night Lights alum, who already had received a ton of pilot offers, has signed on to star in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman in their follow-up to the acclaimed FX/DirecTV legal thriller starring Glenn Close, the untitled series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother returns home. Netflix and Sony would not comment, but I hear Chandler will play the married middle brother who takes care of the family. The deal comes after a lengthy courtship, with the project landing Chandler for the role that he had been considered the prototype for. Filming is slated to begin in late March in the Florida Keys.
The series reunites Chandler with Sony TV, where he starred in the studio’s Showtime drama pilot The Vatican last year. Since Friday Night Lights ended its run, Chandler had been primarily focused on features. He was in two films nominated for Best Picture Oscar last year, winner Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, and he is in a best picture Oscar nominee again this year, The Wolf Of Wall Street. Chandler is with Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.