Timothy Olyphant to Lay Down the Law for FX


FX has ordered 13 episodes of Lawman, a new drama starring Timothy Olyphant as a modern-day lawman with a 19th century attitude.


The show is based around U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a character in the Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole." The show was developed by Graham Yost (Boomtown), who wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer of the series.


"Graham began with a memorable character from one of America's foremost crime novelists, Elmore Leonard, and we scored the hat trick, signing Tim Olyphant, who is absolutely pitch-perfect in the role of Raylan Givens," FX president John Landgraf said in a statement.


As Givens, Olyphant (Deadwood, Damages) employs a brash brand of justice that makes him a target of criminals. But he irritates his Marshal superiors, and soon finds himself reassigned to the district that covers the town where he grew up.


The series also stars Nick Searcy (CSI) as Givens' friend and boss and Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel as Deputy Marshals. Walton Goggins (The Shield), Joelle Carter (CSI: Miami) and Natalie Zea (Dirty Sexy Money) are all set to guest star.


Production is slated to begin in Southern California this fall, and the series is set to premiere spring 2010.


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