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!