Al Pacino is set for a big, fascinating 2019. He’s already signed on to appear in his first Quentin Tarantino film – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – as well as a reunion with Martin Scorsese on Netflix with his much-anticipated The Irishman. And now, on top of that, he’s set to appear in his first ever TV series, as he’s signed on to join Jordan Peele‘s Amazon series, The Hunt.
Logan Lerman is already confirmed to star as Jonah Heidelbaum, who becomes embroiled in a secret group known as The Hunters in the late 1970s who are devoted to rooting out Nazi officials now residing in America under false names. Pacino will reportedly play a veteran Nazi hunter who becomes Jonah’s mentor.
Amazon has given the series, which hails from Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, a 10-episode order. David Weil will serve as showrunner alongside Nikki Toscano. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) is expected to direct the first episode of the show, which is based on an original idea by Weil that will draw from real-life events.
Lerman and Pacino should be an interesting on-screen duo. Peele reportedly originally wanted an unknown actor to play the protagonist until Lerman threw his hat in the ring, which caused Peele to change his mind. Pacino has starred in plenty of TV movies, usually on HBO, but never in a TV series.
The Hunt is sure to be a timely show, though right now it doesn’t have a confirmed release date. Production is slated to begin this February in New York.