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Tom Waits Joins Hulu’s Citizen Pilot

At the beginning of the year we learned that Hulu had ordered a pilot for a new series entitled “Citizen,” described as “a fresh take on the hero origin story blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism.”  Now we have a bit of casting news to share.

Per THR’s Live Feed, singer-songwriter Tom Waits has joined Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s project as Cesar, a priest who is a walking anachronism of virtue and vice, mostly virtue. A proudly anti-authoritarian man, Cesar runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.

He joins a cast that so far includes Forrest Goodluck, Augusto Aguilera, and Alex Gonzalez.

Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story,” The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)) created the concept with Josh Pate and Nicholas Schutt (“Blood and Oil”), who will pen the script as well as executive produce alongside Anonymous Content’s David Kanter, Matt DeRoss, and Steve Golin. Gomez-Rejon will direct the pilot, with Paramount Television producing.

“Citizen” is set against the backdrop of a vibrant, “supernaturalized” Los Angeles. What exactly that means we’ll have to wait and see, but for now we’ll keep bringing you more info as it comes.

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