Richard Gere returns to the small screen with his first U.S. TV role in a decade

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Richard Gere is famous for his iconic roles on the big screen. In my household, his romcom run of Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts is considered to be elite. Though we also love An Officer and a Gentleman and Shall We Dance? is underrated. But with his many turns on the silver screen, it's not often that we see Gere showcase his talents on television.

While he did star as Max Finch in the British thriller MotherFatherSon back in 2019, stateside he's only done TV movies, an episode of Kojak in 1976, and one-off voice acting parts such as voicing Clair Cameron Patterson for the docuseries Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and a 2001 episode of The Simpsons where he played himself. But that's about to change!

Deadline reports Gere has been cast in The Agency, a Showtime political thriller executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The high profile series, led by Michael Fassbender, is a remake of the French program Le Bureau des Legendes. Gere will play Bosko, the London Station Chief. Given his role, we should expect Gere and Fassbender to have plenty of scenes together considering Bosko knows what it's like to be pulled back in from the field. He'd done an eight year undercover mission of his own and has a storied past because of it.

Expect romance and intrigue to be at the heart of this series as Fassbender's character, Martian, is a covert CIA gent who finds himself rekindling a romance with a love he had to abandon when he was ordered to give up his undercover life and return to London Station. Of course, pursuing such a romance puts his career, his true identity, and his mission in jeopardy and throws him and his love into a twisting game of espionage.

The Agency is currently in production in London. The series is expected to premiere later this year but neither an official release window nor date has been announced. Due to the show being a Showtime original, it will have a bit of a tricky release schedule. It'll debut for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers before it begins airing on the cable channel, meaning there will be a staggered release between streaming and its on-air premiere. The good news is that international Paramount+ subscribers in the following regions can expect to watch the show as well: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America, and the UK.

We can't wait to see what Gere brings to the small screen in his first major role in a U.S. TV series. His long and storied career has produced many a hit. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more news and coverage!