Damon Wayans Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon Pilot Ordered at Fox, Damon Wayans Sr. to Star

Fox is moving forward with its Lethal Weapon adaptation, greenlighting a pilot and casting Damon Wayans Sr. as the co-lead.

The 1987 film starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as polar-opposite LAPD detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh who become reluctant partners.

Wayans will follow in Glover’s footsteps by playing Det. Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Casting for the role of Riggs is underway.

The project represents a bit of a homecoming for Wayans, who produced and starred in the ’90s smash In Living Color. His last major network series was the ABC comedy My Wife and Kids, which ended in 2005.

Matt Miller, who created and executive-produced ABC’s Forever, penned the pilot script and serves as EP. McG is on board to direct.