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Ving Rhames to Lead David Gordon Green’s Comedy Central Pilot Black Jack

27 April 2011 11:51 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We recently learned that Pineapple Express and Your Highness director David Gordon Green would write and direct a new pilot called Black Jack for Comedy Central. At the time, the official order for the pilot was contingent on who would be cast in the lead role, but now Deadline reports Ving Rhames has taken the part and that clause has been lifted. The new comedy series will follow Rhames as the title character who after 20 years as the most kick-ass special ops agent the Us government has had on its payroll, finally goes too far and is de-commissioned, forcing him to live his life like the rest of us. This isn't the first time Rhames has led a television series after his turn as Kojak in the series remake back in 2005. Personally, I like him as a character actor, but in Green's hand, this new series could turn out to be just fine. »

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Ving Rhames To Star In Comedy Central's 'Black Jack', Lifts Pilot's Contingency

27 April 2011 6:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Ving Rhames has been tapped to play the title character in Comedy Central's pilot Black Jack, lifting the contingency on the project. The single-camera comedy, directed and executive produced by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green, hails from Rough House, Green's production company with Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. Written by Michael Starrbury, it centers on Black Jack (Rhames) who, after 20 years as the most kick-ass special ops agent the Us government has had on its payroll, finally goes too far and is de-commissioned. Comedy Central picked up the pilot last month contingent on finding the right actor for the lead. Green, Starrbury, McBride, Hill and Reilly are exec producing. This is the second time Rhames, repped by Innovative and Kramer Management, would play the title role in a series, following his starring turn on USA's Kojak remake in 2005. He also played the title character in »


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