Training Day Bill Paxton Cast Pilot

Training Day: Bill Paxton to Lead CBS Pilot in Bad Cop Role

Bill Paxton just got assigned a new beat.

The Big Love star will play a “morally ambiguous” Los Angeles Police Department detective in CBS’ Training Day, a reimagining of the 2001 Denzel Washington-Ethan Hawke film. Per our sister site Deadline, which reported the casting, Paxton’s Frank Rourke is a veteran officer in charge of the department’s Special Investigation Section. As such, he tracks down the worst criminals… but also thinks that sometimes it’s OK to go a little rogue in order to get the bad guys.

As in the feature film, Frank is partnered with a young officer; in the show, the newbie is an African-American man named Kyle Craig. The older cop is not psyched about this development. The events of the series begin 15 years after those of the movie, for which Washington won an Oscar (and Hawke nabbed a nomination).

Paxton played fundamentalist Mormon patriarch Bill Henrickson for five seasons on HBO’s Big Love. His recent TV work includes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising.

The Training Day pilot will be executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman (CSI), Antoine Fuqua (who directed the movie) and Will Beall (Castle).

What do you think of Paxton’s casting? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Jess says:

    Might have to watch this. Love Bill Paxton

  2. Super slimy bad guy in True Lies. So good :)

  3. militantgod says:

    Will Beall’s LA Rex novel was pretty good. Too bad this is for CBS, though.

  4. Rukia says:

    Bill Paxton is a brilliant actor. Love him. Bill Paxton will be excellent as a bad cop. Can’t wait.

  5. ganderman1 says:

    “As in the feature film, Frank is partnered with a young, African-American officer…” Ethan Hawke’s character in the movie was African American?

  6. Murica! says:

    He’s perfect for this!!

  7. Alex Mindev says:

    It’s official, Hollywood is out of original ideas. Lets make a TV “franchise”, or “retelling” or whatever out of every successful or semi interesting film. They are afraid to death of green lighting original ideas and or shows b/c they want instant ratings, buzz and brand name out there. Then you have the other side, successful book or book series. That’s today’s entertainment in a nut shell. I didn’t watch Minority Report, Limitless and I won’t be watching this show. One more thing, not all remakes etc are necessarily bad or lacking creativity (see Battlestar Galactica – criminally under rated show), but the success stories are far and few between all the crap that networks put out there.

  8. Robert N. Griffith says:

    Seems this has potential to be good given Antoine Fuqua’s input but I will be watching closely as Jerry Bruckheimer ,Johnathan Littman and recently chosen director Danny Cannon were behind TNT’s Dark Blue with a similar all around premise and TNT/Warner Bros shut it down after two seasons