Friday, October 1, 2021

Development News - Blu Hunt, Reno Wilson and Dawnn Lewis to Star in FOX Drama Pilot 'The Last Police'

Development News - October 1, 2021

FOX's The Last Police.

  • Blu Hunt, Reno Wilson, Dawnn Lewis, Derek Phillips, Maximiliano Hernandez, Courtney Dietz and Troy Kotsur have been cast as series regulars on the drama pilot written by Kyle Killen. Hunt currently stars in Netflix's Another Life, which returns for its second season later this month. Wilson starred for six seasons in CBS' Mike & Molly and four seasons in NBC's Good Girls. Lewis starred for five seasons in NBC's A Different World and in the fourth season of Veronica Mars on Hulu. Phillips has recurred on USA's Shooter and Amazon's Them. Hernandez starred for one season in FX's The Americans and two seasons in Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes. Dietz guest starred on Netflix's Dolly Parton's Heartstrings and AMC's The Walking Dead. Kotsur currently stars in the film CODA.
  • Hunt will play MacKenzie Ward, a sharp young police detective who has decided to end her life on her own terms rather than wait for the Earth's annihilation in its impending collision with an asteroid. When her suicide attempt fails, she attributes her survival to being chosen for a special purpose, and going forward she's a relentless ambassador for optimism and hope in a world with an ever-shorter supply of both.
  • Wilson will play David Duran, a drinking, smoking, unshaven wreck with a badge. Following a devastating personal tragedy unrelated to the asteroid, he views the rest of his days alive as a penance and openly embraces the prospect of the world's end. When they're partnered, he's amused by what he considers MacKenzie's delusions of grandeur, and her positivity only stokes his cynical fatalism.
  • Lewis will play Sharon Ward. A counterpoint to the escalating chaos in her city and around the globe, she's the calm and collected police chief to whom MacKenzie and Duran report, struggling to maintain law and order with only a skeleton staff of remaining officers. Off the clock, she's contending with complicated questions about her marriage, her religion, and what to prioritize as the end draws near.
  • Phillips will play Reg Butler, one of Chief Ward's remaining officers. He is looked at somewhat askance by his colleagues thanks to his greater enthusiasm for hobbies like collecting military memorabilia than for diligent police work. In fact, his assertion of his identity during these last months has resulted in him going nowhere without his prized vintage bayonet.
  • Hernandez will play Alvaro Diaz, a former minor-league ballplayer from Cuba who segued to law enforcement when he first became a father. He was a contented family man before news of the asteroid hit. Since that revelation he's become a mess, openly weeping at his desk and distracted by savoring every moment he has left with the wife and children he loves more than anything.
  • Dietz will play Beth Hubbard, a striking young uniformed officer who catches MacKenzie's eye at the key crime scene. Her chemistry with MacKenzie portends a connection that will prompt Hubbard to confront issues surrounding her identity, family and faith before she runs out of time.
  • Kotsur will play Gus Severnson, a deaf, grizzled mountain man living in semi-isolation on the outskirts of the city, where he's been taking in the many dogs abandoned by their owners for howling nonstop in anticipation of the asteroid. He's never gotten along with his son-in-law Duran, but he'd like to change that before the end, if only because he knows it's what his late daughter would have wanted.