Benjamin Walker to Lead HBO Cold War Drama Pilot THE MISSIONARY

     November 7, 2012


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker is lining himself up a fairly high profile television gig.  THR reports that Walker will lead an HBO drama pilot called The Missionary.  The series takes place during the 1960s and centers on an American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin.  Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Levinson, and Mark Wahlberg—who are clearly fans of Showtime’s Homeland—will executive produce the pilot while Charles Randolph will pen the script.

Walker had been set to lead the 15th century supernatural pic The Great Wall alongside Henry Cavill before that project was postponed due to financing issues.  Edward Zwick has since dropped out as director, so it’s unlikely The Great Wall will retain the same cast if/when it gets going again.  A series order decision on The Missionary won’t be made until the pilot is finished, and as we saw with The Corrections even the highest caliber of talent doesn’t guarantee that HBO will give the go-ahead for a full series.  Nevertheless, this is one to keep an eye on.