Exclusive: Rus Blackwell Joins Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes' Cinemax Drama Series Banshee

Rus Blackwell (Recount, Burn Notice) has joined the cast of Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming 10-episode drama series from True Blood boss Alan Ball and former House executive producer Greg Yaitanes.

The project, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas (played by New Zealand thesp Antony Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Penn, and continues to carry out his criminal activities even as shadowy gangsters hunt him.

Blackwell will play Gordon, Banshee’s DA who’s married to Lucas’ old flame, Carrie (Ivana Milicevic).

The cast also includes Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), Matt Servitto (Harry’s Law), Trieste Dunn (Canterbury’s Law), Daniel Ross Owens (The Lying Game, Detroit 1-8-7) and Hoon Lee (Blue Bloods, White Collar).

Yaitanes, who’s directing the opener, will serve as an exec producer alongside Ball, Trooper, Schickler and Peter Macdissi.

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  1. Webstercuno says:

    Joins pilot? I think you mean series, mr. Ausiello.

  2. Rus is such an amazing actor and person! I had the privilege to act along side him in Resurrection County. He is such a pro. Congratulations Rus!!!!

  3. Dennis Neal says:

    I have nothing but praise for my good friend Rus Blackwell. Congratulations as all your hard work pays off.

  4. Maria Donley says:


  5. Tim Bass says:

    Rus is not only one of the most gifted actors I know but also one of the most generous. Congrats!! Well deserved!

  6. Beth Marshall says:

    Rus is a class act actor and man! I so respect him on many levels. CONGRATS Rus! You deserve this success!

  7. Paul Major says:

    Rus = The Real Deal. I can’t wait to support this show.

  8. Ralph R. Clemente says:

    I count myself as being extremely lucky to have worked with Rus on several occasions. I feel very lucky for that. He is a wonderful actor who deserves everything good that the business has to offer. I can’t wait to see him in this new show.

  9. mary rachel says:

    Rus Blackwell…brilliant! Lots of support coming from our way, too, Cinemax. You couldn’t have cast a better man.

  10. I had the privilege of studying under him as an acting coach :) Such a great actor and teacher :) He deserves this :)