Singer, songwriter, composer and actor Tom Waits has joined the cast of Citizen, Hulu’s supernatural drama pilot, from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
Set against the backdrop of a vibrant, ‘supernaturalized’ Los Angeles, Citizen is a hero origin story, blending gritty vigilantism with elements of magical realism.
Waits will play Cesar, a priest who is a walking anachronism of virtue and vice, mostly virtue. A proudly anti-authoritarian man, Cesar runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.
Gomez-Rejon will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Nicholas Schutt, Josh Pate and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Steve Golin.
Waits is best known for his musical career that began with the 1973 release of his debut album Closing Time. His later acting credits include roles in features The Book of Eli, Seven Psychopaths, The Cotton Club and The Outsiders, to name a few.