Brendan Fraser has departed TNT’s drama pilot Legends. The Mummy star was set to make his series debut with the project, developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback from the novel by Robert Littell. He was to play the lead, Martin Odum, a deep-cover operative who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. The parting of the ways happened after the actor and showrunner Gordon did not see eye to eye on the character and couldn’t bridge their creative differences. The role will now be recast.
There are no hard feelings, and Fox 21, which produces Legends, is looking to stay in business with Fraser with an offer for a development deal. “Brendan is an incredible actor and we have wanted to work with him for a very long time,” Fox 21 president Bert Salke said. “While this particular project may not have been the right fit, we are excited to develop cable properties with him that will showcase his amazing talent.”
20th Century Fox TV’s cable unit had been trying to get Fraser for a series and first approached the actor for another pilot, A&E’s Those Who Kill, before offering him Legends. Fraser is currently in New York with his family, dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Gordon, Nachmanoff, Alex Cary and Jonathan Levin executive produce the Legends pilot, which is directed by David Semel.