Kelsey Grammer, who won a Golden Globe for Boss, is returning to the drama field with a co-starring role opposite Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. Also cast in the project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, is Rosemarie DeWitt (Poltergeist). Additionally, joining the pilot is Pulitzer-winning author and F.Scott Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg, who will serve as consulting producer.
The Last Tycoon, written and directed by Billy Ray, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt will plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.
In The Last Tycoon‘s 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the roles of Stahr and Brady were played by Robert De Niro and Robert Mitchum.
Ray executive produces the pilot alongside Chris Keyser, who serve as showrunners, as well as Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin.
Grammer, currently filming the indie The Nest in Australia, is set to return to Broadway January 15 to resume his starring role in Finding Neverland before coming to Los Angeles to film The Last Tycoon pilot on February 25.
Grammer, a five-time Emmy winner, is repped by UTA. Mad Men alumna DeWitt, who co-starred on the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, will next be seen in the feature La La Land. She is repped by CAA, Wishlab, and Ziffren Brittenham.