Ving Rhames boards ‘Cagney and Lacey’ reboot with Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd
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“Mission: Impossible” actor Ving Rhanes is joining the women of the “Cagney and Lacey” revival on CBS. The series will headline former “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sarah Drew (Cagney) and “Blindspot” actress Michelle Hurd (Lacey) as the two female detectives.
Rhames will play their boss and leader, Captain Stark of the Los Angeles Police Department. His character is described as “unflappable,” which makes him an inspiring leader for the precinct. “Cagney and Lacey” will mark Rhames’ return to television since doing “Monday Mornings” for TNT in 2013, a medical drama. He also featured in the TV movie “Don King: Only in America,” where he earned a Golden Globe trophy.
In 2005, Rhames worked under the CBS banner when he starred in the revival of “Kojak,” for USA Network. The actor, however, is best known for his roles in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise with Tom Cruise, as well as one of the convicts on “Con Air” with Nicholas Cage.
“Cagney and Lacey” will the same formula as the original ’80s show that ran from 1982 to 1988 and starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as the original Cagney and Lacey. The rebooted series will have Bridget Carpenter as the headwriter, while Rosemary Rodriguez will direct the pilot episode.
CBS, has not yet ordered the show to go to series, hence it’s still unclear how the pilot production will go from here. The network, however, also has another ’80s procedural show in the work in “Magnum: PI,” which might be aired alongside this female cop drama.
Meanwhile, Rhames just wrapped up filming the sixth installment of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which had been slightly delayed due to Cruise’s accident. Aside from Cruise and Rhames, the film also stars Vanessa Kirby, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Sean Harris.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed the action-packed movie. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout “ is expected to hit theaters this July 27.