Jim Belushi Urban Cowboy

Jim Belushi Joins Fox's Urban Cowboy

Jim Belushi, who can currently be seen on HBO’s Show Me a Hero miniseries, already has his next TV project lined up — in the pilot for Fox’s adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta film Urban Cowboy.

Written and exec-produced by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Fox’s “modern reimagining” of the original film will, per the official logline, follow on-the-run rodeo-circuit rider Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) and Gaby, “two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.”

Belushi will play Marshall, a spirited long-haul truck driver-turned-honky-tonk owner, someone who is as much of a Houston institution as his bar Gilley’s. Cooper Huckabee (True Blood) played the role in the 1980 film.

Belushi’s previous TV credits also include eight seasons of According to Jim, The Defenders, Wild Palms and Saturday Night Live.