Halt and Catch Fire‘s Mark O’Brien is wasting no time getting back to work, following up his three-season run on the critically acclaimed AMC series with a series regular role opposite Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Underground) and Kevin Bacon (The Following, I Love Dick) in Showtime’s drama pilot City on a Hill. Executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), the pilot is set to be directed by executive producer Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin); and written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), from an original idea by Affleck and MacLean.
Here’s an overview of the drama pilot:
City on a Hill is set in Boston in the early ’90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with Jackie Rhodes (Bacon), a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran 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 citywide criminal justice system.
O’Brien has been tapped to play Jimmy Ryan, Two Saints Gang leader Frankie Ryan’s younger brother and member of said gang that’s been robbing banks throughout all of Boston. As the character is described:
“Jimmy has addiction problems, psychiatric problems and is generally unpredictable, unreliable and selfish. Against his better judgement, Frankie lets Jimmy join his gang on a bank job.”
O’Brien can next be seen in both Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner as well as The Darkest Minds; and previously starred in Amazon’s The Last Tycoon and NBC’s Hannibal.