Kevin Bacon (The Following, Mystic River) and Aldis Hodge (Underground) have signed on to star in Showtime’s one-hour drama pilot City on a Hill.
City on a Hill is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Hodge will play District Attorney Decourcy Ward, who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.
The project will be executive produced by Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, as well as Jennifer Todd (Jason Bourne, Memento) for Pearl Street Films, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), and directed and executive produced by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin). Produced by Showtime, City on a Hill is based on an original idea by Affleck and MacLean. James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line) will also serve as executive producer. Bacon will serve as co-executive producer.
“Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” said David Nevins, the president and CEO of Showtime Network. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to stand at the center of this powerful drama.”