Cinemax is busy beefing up its sniper pilot, Quarry. We’ve been bringing you all the latest casting news involved in this interesting 1970s set thriller. Today we can add a Thor actor to the mix. Stellan Skarsgård has signed the dotted line to co-star in the pilot.
Quarry could be a success. The network has already seen positive results with their original series Banshee and Strike Back. Quarry is based on the Max Allan Collins series of novels and follows a Marine sniper, who we previously revealed would be acted by Prometheus actor, Logan Marshall-Green. When our Marine returns home from Vietnam in 1973, he finds an America that would demonize him for doing nothing more than sacrificing just about everything to protect their freedoms.
As a result, Marshall-Green’s character, whose name is Quarry, becomes a contract killer. He is good a killing after all.
Skarsgård will play The Broker, “a shadowy figure who approaches Quarry, recruiting him into his criminal ranks,” reports Deadline. Sounds like a cool role.
Noah Taylor has also been cast. He’ll play Buddy, a hitman who teaches Quarry the ropes. Hey, everyone needs a friend.
Skarsgård worked previously on HBO’s Entourage. His son is True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård. And, yes, Skarsgård senior will be reprising his role as Dr. Selvig in the upcoming Thor sequel. Let’s hope no one practices mind control on him this time.
Skarsgård also acted opposite Daniel Craig as Martin Vanger in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and as Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller have written the pilot and are executive producing with Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss, Keith Redmon, Collins, Ken Levin and John Hillcoat. Hillcoat will also direct the pilot.