Ryan Phillippe Drama Shooter (From EP Mark Wahlberg) Gets USA Pilot Order

Ryan Phillippe‘s latest TV role is Rated O… for Ooh Rah!

The Secrets and Lies star has signed on for the lead role in USA Network’s upcoming drama pilot Shooter — based on the 2007 big-screen hit of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg and the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact that served as its source material.

According to the network, Phillippe will play Bob Lee Swagger, “an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all the skills he acquired as a decorated Marine sharpshooter to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up.”

Wahlberg, whose previous producing credits include Boardwalk Empire and Entourage, will serve as EP alongside Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O’Neals). The Shield‘s John Hlavin wrote the pilot and will also executive produce, while Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct.

Excited to see Phillippe jumping right back into a TV role? Does Shooter sound like something you’d watch? Sound off below!

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38 Comments
  1. Kim says:

    This is great news! I loved the movie and I love Ryan Phillippe. I will definitely be watching this.

  2. Murica! says:

    It worked great as a movie. I can’t see them spreading this story over multiple seasons. It would take much too long and become boring.

  3. noel says:

    I would like to know if he will be coming back to SECRETS&LIES show? In the fall

  4. dj says:

    Awesome news. Just loved him on Secrets and Lies

  5. Gerri says:

    Yay!! He was great in Secrets and Lies. Never saw the movie, but if it gets to series I will certainly watch.

  6. Even though, this is not the topic, I’m gonna comment on Games of Thrones, the death of John Snow was unnecessary, they stripped us from a real hero. Is he really dead? Is there any hope he isn’t?

  7. Michelle says:

    Liked the movie so i will definitely check this out when it airs.

  8. jim bob says:

    i will give it a try, i liked the movie a lot, hope it is done well

  9. Melanie Ley says:

    I really liked Phillippe in Secrets and Lies. The plot for Shooter looks to be a winner and I will definitely watch.

  10. Eliza says:

    I thought he did a great job on Secrets and Lies. He’s a welcome sight on my TV :)

  11. JJGrandma says:

    Can’t wait! I have always loved Ryan.

  12. He’s not Mark Wahlberg. Enough said.

  13. loveee says:

    How is he so handsome!!!?!!?! That face!xxxx

  14. Katherine215 says:

    Shooter is one of my favorite movies. Not sure how it will work as a tv show, though. An entire season of him trying to find out who framed him is too much, let alone multiple seasons. And frankly, Phillipe is no Wahlberg.

  15. mari johnson says:

    Sounds good

  16. Mr Wiggly says:

    he’s not buff enough to play Swagger, i don’t see him kickin’ but when he gets into trouble…. he can pack on some muscle but he’ll still be too much of a girly man

  17. Darlene says:

    really great actor liked him alot in secrets and lies, so i will be watching out to see him in the shooter series…it should be great too

  18. Kiki says:

    Um, isn’t that the same freaking plot as the damn movie? Bye bye originality, welcome to Hollywood, the land of crappy remakes. Shameful waste of talent.

  19. Joshua says:

    There is no such thing as a former Marine.

  20. Sarah says:

    Yuck! Do not see him in this role

  21. Eric says:

    Awesome news, hope this happens soon. I watch Shooter at least a few times a year it’s one of my favorite movies.

    I thought he was quite good in Secrets and lies.

  22. Mary S says:

    I have never been fond of or interested in shows that have the hero being betrayed by those he trusted. I did not see Shooter and will not watch it on TV. I also do not like shows that portray massacres of innocents: Dances With Wolves is a wonderful movie, right up to the time the cavalry starts raiding and killing Indian villages and gets away with it. I know it happened, it is part of the pitiless history we are stuck with, but that doesn’t mean I will spend money or time watching it. I did not see Mississippi Burning because I am sickened that there are people who could do those things. It’s bad enough that they exist in life, I will not go see them on any screen. I do not like shows that allow the hero to be killed in the end. Braveheart is a true story, wonderfully filmed, but I will never watch it again. The only reason (other than Tom Selleck!) that I would see Quimby Down Under again is that he does punish those who massacre the Aborigines, and does it magnificently. But, I will leave the room when the massacre begins…There is so much hatred, betrayal and sadness in the real world, why would I pay good money and/or spend an evening to see it fictionalized? I will not watch Shooter.

  23. Ben says:

    There’s enough material on bobby lee swagger Stephen hunter also wrote about the past of bobby lee’s life.there are plenty of stories out there ,well books on bobby lee,good read.

  24. Jess says:

    will definitely watch this show if it comes to canada (which i highly doubt).

  25. Trina says:

    YES!! Love Ryan

  26. Donna says:

    I loved Ryan in Secrets n Lies. He will be awesome on Shooter. I can’t wait till the show starts and am glad it will be an hour show. Good choice for him to play the lead role!

  27. Weezy says:

    I’m not so sure about this casting choice, but I did love the movie so I’m in.

  28. Nicole says:

    Yes !!!!! Love Phillippe

  29. Seren connelly says:

    I love Ryan in everything he does!