The Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor, Giancarlo Esposito, has been cast as the lead in AMC’s The Driver.
The series, created by Danny Brocklehurst and Sunu Gonera, and executive produced by Theo Travers, is a remake of the BBC One three-part drama starring David Morrissey from The Walking Dead.
The six-episode series will premiere on AMC and AMC+ in the new year. AMC Studios, A+E Studios, and Thruline Entertainment collaborated on the production.
When he agrees to transport a Zimbabwean criminal based in New Orleans who is infamous for abusing illegal immigrants at U.S. southern ports, cab driver Joe Esposito’s life is flipped upside down.
Brocklehurst, who co-created the original with Jim Poyser, and Sunu Gonera, director of FX’s Snowfall and Class of ’09, worked together on the AMC series. The pilot episode will be directed by Gonera, while showrunners Billions and House of Lies serve as executive producers.
Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman, as well as A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson, will executive produce with Esposito, Gonera, Brocklehurst, and Travers.
“I am over-the-moon excited, enthused and inspired to be in collaboration with the stellar network and creative team of AMC,” Esposito shared. “Thanks for believing in me. It’s great to be back home.”
ICM, Thruline Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman represent Esposito. Echo Lake Management and J.R. McGinnis of Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson represent Travers.