Steve Howey landed the leading male role in True lies, the CBS pilot drama adaptation of James Cameron’s 1994 action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. The cast of the role of Schwarzenegger is restarting the project after the network paused the 20th TV-produced pilot in March, taking it off-cycle.
Written by Matt Nix and directed by Anthony Hemingway, the pilot’s plot is true to its cinematic roots: shocked to discover that her bland and run-of-the-mill computer consultant husband (Howey) is a skilled international spy, a dissatisfied suburban housewife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she is recruited to work alongside her to save the world as they attempt to revitalize their passionless marriage.
Howey, who played Gallagher family friend Kevin Ball in all 11 seasons of Showtime Shameless, will play Harry, the benevolent and dependable computer salesman and devoted family man – seemingly risk-averse and married with two children. He is, in fact, an undercover agent, a first-class spy working for a secret American intelligence organization.
Curtis played Helen, Harry’s wife, in the original film.
Nix and Hemingway are executive producers of True lies pilot with Cameron and Rae Sanchini of Lightstorm; original pilot director McG, Mary Viola and Corey Marsh of Wonderland Sound and Vision; and Josh Levy via sound and Nix’s Flying Glass of Milk Productions. Anthony Hemingway Productions’ Sean Hoagland and Whitney Davis will be co-EPs.
True lies was the only new CBS drama pilot ordered for the 2021 pilot season, with the pickup arriving relatively late (February 10). He was taken out of cycle a month later with a summer shoot in sight.
Variety announced the news of the casting first today.