Good news for A&E Network
and Patrick Swayze
, they have picked up “The Beast
.” Patrick Swayze, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, is set to star in the series alongside Travis Fimmel
. In his first TV role, Swayze will portray an unconventional FBI agent and mentor to a “newcomer’ agent portrayed by Travis Fimmel
. There is no change in the script, according to Zack Van Amburg, co-President of Sony’s television studio, because they felt they must be true to the story, which is amazing news for fans who have been drawn to this because of Swayze.
A&E has ordered 13 hour-long episodes to go into production this summer in Chicago, with a tentative premiere set for early 2009.
In a statement, Swayze did not address his health, but network execs confirmed that his doctors have cleared him to resume work.
Swayze said :
“I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this multilayered, unpredictable and downright entertaining as well as a project this current and cutting-edged”.