William Fichtner has been cast as a lead in the ABC drama pilot, “The Company You Keep.” The actor will star alongside Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us) and Catherine Haena Kim (FBI).
“The Company You Keep” is based on the Korean format “My Fellow Citizens.” The story follows con man Charlie (Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma (Kim). A night of passion leads to love between the pair, who unknowingly are on a collision course professionally. While Charlie ramps up the “family business” so he can get out for good, Emma’s closing in on the vengeful criminal who holds Charlie’s family debts in-hand — forcing them to reckon with the lies they’ve told so they can save themselves and their families from disastrous consequences.
According to Deadline, Fichtner will play Leo. A former steel worker turned grifter, Leo is a master of the sleight of hand. Cards, shell games, pick-pocketing, Leo learned the fine art of the misdirect a long time ago. A proud man who’d do anything for his family, Leo has a lifetime of regrets and soon he won’t remember any of them. In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, Leo is determined to pull off one last big score to make his family financially secure before he loses his faculties.
The pilot is being written and exec produced by Julia Cohen. Executive producers include Cohen, Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff on behalf of DiVide Pictures, Jon M. Chu and Caitlin Foito on behalf of Electric Somewhere, Todd Harthan and Lindsay Goffman. Deanna Harris of DiVide will produce.
20th Television is the studio, with DiVide currently under an overall.
Fichtner’s credits include the Peacock series Joe vs Carole, CBS’ hit sitcom Mom, Crossing Lines and Fox’s Prison Break.