FX has given the Diane Kruger-led border drama The Bridge a 13-episode order.
Based on the Scandinavian series ‘Bron,’ ‘The Bridge’ is being adapted by former ‘Homeland’ writer Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid (‘Hawaii Five-0′). The series stars Kruger and Demian Bichir (‘A Better Life’) as a pair of detectives, one from the United States and the other from Mexico, who are forced to work together when a body is discovered on the bridge that crosses the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border. In addition to Kruger and Bichir, ‘The Bridge’ also stars Annabeth Gish (‘The X-Files’), Thomas M. Wright (‘Top of the Lake’) and Ted Levine (‘Monk’). Matthew Lillard (‘The Descendants’) will guest star as a hard-partying El Paso Times reporter.
“For years networks having been trying to develop a drama series set on the U. S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX Networks President John Landgraf in a statement. “I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world – No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind – but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”
‘The Bridge’ is set to debut summer 2013 on FX. Check out the gallery below for a first look at Kruger and Bichir in character.
[Photo Credit: Byron Cohen, FX Networks]