Coming off a buzzed-about turn as Robert Kardashian in the upcoming American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer has signed on to star in AMC’s drama series Feed the Beast. He and Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe) are set as the leads in the straight-to-series project from Clyde Phillips, which is based on the Danish series Bankerot.

Also cast in the 10-episode series, a co-production between AMC Studios and Lionsgate, are Michael Gladis (Mad Men, House Of Lies), Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno), Christine Adams (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), John Doman (The Wire) and Elijah Jacob (Spot On).

lorenzaizzomichaelgladisFeed The Beast is a drama about two best friends, Tommy Moran (Schwimmer), and Dion Patras (Sturgess), who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. They push each other, welcome love into their lives and overcome their demons. They also betray, backstab, manipulate and coerce each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable.

“David and Jim are each incredibly talented actors whose careers span theater, film and television,” said Phillips, who wrote the adaptation and will serve as showrunner. “But more importantly, they both possess an inherent honesty and vulnerability in their craft which are essential in the flawed characters of Tommy and Dion.”

christine adamsGladis will play Patrick Woichik, aka The Tooth Fairy, the soft-spoken, brutally intimidating local mobster with a penchant for pulling teeth; Izzo is Pilar Herrera, a woman who meets Tommy in a grief group and is desperately searching for true love; Adams is set as Tommy’s late wife Rie Moran. Production will begin next month in New York City for a May premiere.

“Under Clyde’s creative leadership, Feed The Beast is a layered character piece and a highly entertaining story,” said Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and SundanceTV.  ‘To have David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess along with the rest of our wonderful cast bringing this story to life is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait to get started in a few weeks.”

Feed The Beast is executive produced by Phillips, Bankerot’s Henrik Ruben Genz  and Malene Blenkov as well as Piv Bernth (The Killing).

It is “the kind of provocative, premium quality series that has become a Lionsgate trademark,” said Kevin Beggs, whose Lionsgate Television division also produced AMC’s signature maiden drama series Mad Men. 

Schwimmer is repped by Gersh and Gendler & Kelly. Brit Sturgess is with CAA, UK’s Garricks and Hansen Jacobson. Izzo is with Paradigm and Authentic.