Selina Meyer, meet Natalie Maccabee. After a long courtship, Sharon Stone has signed on to star in TNT‘s action-drama pilot Agent X (working title). Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Maccabee (Stone), a woman with brains, beauty, and a cool composure that belies a restless mind. After the death of her husband, a Senate candidate, Natalie opted to run in his place, and after a rapid political rise, she now finds herself the newly elected Vice President of the United States. Initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature, she soon learns that it comes with a top secret duty: protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated “Agent X.” The pilot is produced by Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein executive producing. Agent X joins HBO comedy Veep, which also centers on the U.S.’ first female Vice President, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
This marks the first series starring role for Stone, whose only previous series-regular gig was a small part on a short-lived NBC drama at the very beginning of her career more than 30 years ago. The Oscar-nominated actress, repped by Paradigm and manager Chuck Binder, previously did arcs on The Practice, which earned her an Emmy, and Law & Order: SVU, and starred in the 2001 HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2. This year she will be seen in Fading Gigolo with Woody Allen, and What About Love with Andy Garcia. Stone joins another female movie star, Halle Berry, who recently signed on as the lead of CBS’ summer series Extant.
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