Crackle may still be a serious underdog when it comes to competing in the landscape of original streaming entertainment, but you’ve got to give them credit for attracting some interesting talent. Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee put them on the map. Cary Elwes and Dennis Quaid showed up for The Art of More, and then Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint for their TV series adaptation of Guy Ritchie’s crime flick Snatch. Now you can add Sean Bean to the Crackle roster as well.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, revealing that Sean Bean has been cast to play cop Tom Hammond in Crackle’s new crime drama The Oath. Created by Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-O), The Oath sounds like it may be putting some new spins on your standard police drama tropes. Hammond is described as both a “hard-charging cop” and the leader of a gang or secret society sworn to “protect and defend.” Somehow a deal with an undercover FBI agent goes south, earning Hammond a prison stint. Once he’s back on the streets, he’s determined to regain his position in the gang…even if there are some members who would have preferred he stayed gone.
The Oath ought to have some serious verisimilitude going for it. Show creator Joe Halpin spent nearly 20 years working Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in Los Angeles, with much of that time spent working undercover. We’re guessing this dude knows a thing or two about what it’s really like working in the underbelly. The Oath is also executive produced by rapper/actor 50 Cent.
Sean Bean said of the role, “It’s great to be working with director Jeff Thomas again and the story’s creator, Joe Halpin for Crackle. I’m really looking forward to exploring this fascinating story.”
Eric Berger, Crackle’s general manager and executive vice president of digital at Sony Pictures Television Networks, added, “Sean Bean is the perfect choice for the role of Tom Hammond. He embodies the grit and intensity that drives this character throughout the series’ uncompromising and fast-paced narrative.”
The Oath will premiere its 10-episode first season sometime in 2018. Here’s hoping Bean’s character survives the first season.