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Richard Gere Joins "The Bureau" TV Remake


Tue 02 Jul 2024 | 08:33 AM
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Veteran US actor Richard Gere is the latest big-name star to focus on the small screen. The acting legend, 74, has been cast in the espionage thriller series “The Agency” at Paramount+ with Showtime.

Gere will star as Bosko, said to be “the London Station Chief with a storied past after serving as an 8-year undercover agent,” per the official character description.

Michael Fassbender is the show's lead actor and Jeffrey Wright was confirmed as a cast member in June.

The series follows Martian (Fassbender), a covert CIA agent ordered to abandon his undercover life and return to London Station. When the love he left behind reappears, romance reignites. His career, real identity, and mission are pitted against his heart; hurling them into a deadly game of international intrigue and espionage.

"The Agency" is produced by 101 Studios and Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios. It is based on "The Bureau", which was created by Eric Rochant and ran for five seasons on the French network Canal+.

“Richard Gere is in a class of his own, adored by generations of fans worldwide for his exceptional ability to infuse depth and authenticity into every role he plays,” said Chris McCarthy, Paramount Global Co-CEO and President/CEO of Showtime & MTV Entertainment Studios. “We are delighted to have him join our extraordinary cast which includes Michael Fassbender and Jeffrey Wright in Showtime’s latest thriller.”

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This will mark one of the only regular television roles of Gere’s career. He received an Emmy nomination for his work in the TV movie “And the Band Played On” in 1993 and starred in the British miniseries “MotherFatherSon” in 2019 on BBC Two. 

He is best known for his roles in movies like “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “American Gigolo,” “Pretty Woman,” “Primal Fear,” and “Chicago.” 

Gere received Golden Globe nominations for both “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman,” while he won the Golden Globe for his work in “Chicago.”

“The Agency” is currently in production in London. Jez and John-Henry Butterworth are writers and executive producers. Joe Wright is an executive producer and director for the first two episodes.

Fassbender will also exec produce alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov through their Smokehouse Pictures banner.

Additional executive producers include Keith Cox and Nina L. Diaz for Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios; David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios; Alex Berger for The Originals Productions; and Ashley Stern and Pascal Breton for Federation Studios/Federation Entertainment of America.

Given a straight-to-series at Showtime in 2023, "The Agency" will premiere on Paramount+ with Showtime later in 2024.

The series will debut on demand and streaming on Paramount+ ahead of its linear debut. It will stream internationally on Paramount+ in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Latin America, Brazil, and Japan. 

It is co-distributed internationally by Paramount Global Content Distribution and Federation Studios.