'The Old Man': 5 things you need to know about the FX thriller series starring Jeff Bridges

'The Old Man': 5 things you need to know about the FX thriller series starring Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase in a still from 'The Old Man' (IMDb)

Jeff Bridges is all set to play a CIA man in the upcoming FX drama series, 'The Old Man'. The thriller is based on the bestselling Thomas Perry novel of the same name. The veteran actor is now Dan Chase, a former army intelligence officer living in a small town in Vermont with his two dogs for close to 35 years. He's MIA after reportedly stealing $20 million during a mission in Libya, following which he goes on a run. All of a sudden, he finds himself being targeted by assassins and his mission is simple— stay alive, find out who wants to kill him, and make a getaway. 

Talking about the show, Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Entertainment, said: "Jeff Bridges is an iconic, extraordinary actor and to have him as the star of this series is an incredible moment for FX". "Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have delivered an amazing pilot script and Jeff is perfect for the role of Dan Chase. We’re also happy to be working with Warren Littlefield, with whom we’ve had such a terrific partnership on 'Fargo', along with our partners at Fox 21," he added. 

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When does 'The Old Man' release?

'The Old Man' releases Thursday, June 16 at 10 pm ET/PT on FX. The season premiere comprises two episodes followed by a weekly drop. The episodes are also available for streaming on Hulu.

What is the series about?

Per FX, the official synopsis reads, "Old Man stars Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, and Amy Brenneman. The Old Man centers on Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since.  When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past."

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"With Dan Chase flushed out of hiding, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. Working alongside Harper is his protégé Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) and CIA Special Agent Raymond Waters (E.J. Bonilla). When Chase proves to be more difficult to apprehend than the authorities expected, Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a highly trained special ops contractor, is sent to pursue him as well. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman) who draws on reserves she never knew she had in order to survive the day when she learns the truth about her new tenant. Bill Heck, Leem Lubany, and Pej Vahdat also star in the drama series."

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Who's in the cast?

The series stars Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase, John Lithgow as Harold Harper, Amy Brenneman as Zoe McDonald, Alia Shawkat as Agent Angela Adams, and Gbenga Akinnagbe as Julian Carson. Recurring characters include — Bill Heck as Young Dan Chase, Kenneth Mitchell, Leem Lubany, EJ Bonilla, Navid Negahban, Pej Vahdat, and Noor Razooky.

Jeff Bridges (Kevin Winter/Getty Images))
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Showrunner/Director

The series was developed by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine. The duo along with Bridges also serves as Executive Producers with Warren Littlefield, Jon Watts, Dan Shotz, and David Schiff.

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