I'm pretty pumped up about this: FX announced Tuesday that it's ordered 13 episodes of "The Bridge," a new drama series based on a Nordic Noir hit series ("Bron") about the hunt for a serial killer.
The original series is set in Sweden and Denmark. The remake takes place on the border between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. It centers on two detectives -- one from the US, the other from Mexico -- who have to work together to find the killer operating on both sides of the border.
Executive Producers Meredith Stiehm ("Homeland") and novelist and television writer/producer Elwood Reid adapted "The Bridge" for American television.
FX released the following details about the stars/characters:
Demián Bichir ("A Better Life") stars in the role of Marco Ruiz, a homicide investigator for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico living in Ciudad Juárez. A family man, Marco is one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels. He's sharp, charming, and observant and painfully aware that his city is in a state of chaos. When a body is dumped on the bridge that spans the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez border, Ruiz is forced to work with his American counterpart, Detective Sonya Cross.
Cross is played by Diane Kruger ("Farewell, My Queen"). Cross is a dogged cop who has an undiagnosed disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Cross is shockingly candid and calls the world as she sees it, which can be off-putting to her colleagues, but she is also extremely effective at her job.
Ted Levine plays Lt. Hank Wade, a member of Detective Cross's team at the El Paso Police Department who is a veteran cop with a weathered, cowboy swagger. He is not surprised by anything that human beings will do to one another, but he's utterly baffled by the office coffeemaker. Hank knows that Sonya communication skills are challenged, and repeatedly has to advise her how to work more diplomatically with others.
Annabeth Gish plays Charlotte Millwright, a wealthy ranch wife suddenly widowed when her older husband Karl suffers a massive heart attack while on the Mexican side of the border. A sheltered woman with a ranch to run, Charlotte quickly learns that her late husband has many shocking secrets.
Thomas M. Wright plays Steven Linder, a wolf of a man who is no stranger to the dark and jumbled chaos of Juárez.
The series is scheduled to debut this summer.