The actor, who played Keith on True Blood and has a recurring role as a country singer in Nashville‘s upcoming fourth season, has landed a series regular part in Fox’s pilot adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta movie.
Per our sister site Deadline, Smith’s bad boy character Wes is the head of security at the potential series’ central honkytonk, where he also happens to run drugs. He wants to be a rodeo star, so he entreats Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) to show him the (literal) ropes. He’ll also try to put the moves on Kyle’s lady, Gaby (UnREAL‘s Nathalie Kelley).
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 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.”
Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Jim Belushi (According to Jim) and Voice alum Bryana Salaz previously joined the cast.
Smith’s recent TV appearances includes The Messengers, 90210, Beauty and the Beast and True Detective.