Pilot Scoop: Wesley Snipes Joins NBC's Endgame Thriller

Wesley Snipes Endgame Pilot

Wesley Snipes is poised to tackle his first series regular TV role in 25 years, having boarded the NBC thriller pilot Endgame.

Penned by Leverage‘s John Rogers and from the producers of The Blacklist, Endgame is set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, where a former sniper turned security expert (played by Strike Back‘s Philip Winchester) is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.

Snipes will play Johnson, the unflappable “pit boss” of The Game aka the odyssey Winchester’s character is wrapped up in, TVLine has learned. Johnson is described as highly intelligent, analytical and mysterious, someone who keeps an eye on the big picture but is also capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral too far out of control.

Fun fact: Snipes was thisclose to playing Empire‘s Lucious Lyon, until Taraji P. Henson threw her support behind Hustle & Flow costar Terrance Howard.

In addition to his lead role on the one-and-done 1990 ABC cop drama H.E.L.P., Snipes’ TV credits include episodes of Miami Vice, Bernie Mac and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. His film resume meanwhile includes The Expendables 3, the Blade trilogy, White Men Can’t Jump and Jungle Fever.