Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito is returning “home” to AMC and will star in a new series for the network titled The Driver.
“I am over the moon excited, enthused, and inspired to be in collaboration with the stellar network and creative team of AMC! Thanks for believing in me. It’s great to be back home!” Esposito said in a press release Tuesday.
The series will show the actor working as a taxi driver “whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to chauffer a New Orleans-based Zimbabwean gangster notorious for exploiting undocumented immigrants at the U.S. southern ports,” according to the official description.
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“We are excited to be continuing his relationship with AMC and AMC+ in a series built around him and an unforgettable character who takes what he thinks is a straightforward job opportunity and finds himself confronted with a world that tests him in ways he could never have imagined,” Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said about Esposito.
The six-episode crime drama is produced by AMC Studios, in association with A+E Studios and Thruline Entertainment, and will premiere next year on AMC+ and AMC.
Sunu Gonera (Class of 09) and Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger) created the series based on a U.K. format created by Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser. Theo Travers (Billions) will serve as showrunner and Gonera will direct the pilot.
Esposito, Gonera, Brocklehurst and Travers will executive produce alongside Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman from Thruline and, from A+E Studios, Jossen and Jamieson. Esposito is represented by ICM, Thruline Entertainment, Jackoway Austen Tyerman, and ImPRint.
Esposito also has a role on Epix’s Godfather of Harlem and was previously part of AMC’s Better Call Saul.