Having been revived earlier this year by CBS, the long-gestating small screen reboot of James Cameron’s action comedy True Lies has now found its Harry Tasker, with Variety reporting that Reba and Shameless actor Steve Howey has been cast as the main lead in the pilot.
Howey will follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who originated the role in the 1994 film alongside Jamie Lee Curtis as his wife Helen. That role remains uncast at the time of reporting.
As with the movie, True Lies will follow Harry, “a benign, play-it-safe, seemingly risk-averse computer salesman and devoted family man, married with two kids. But in reality, Harry is an undercover operative, a first-class spy working for a covert U.S. Intelligence organization. Harry’s unfulfilled suburban wife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.”
True Lies is being written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), while James Cameron and McG are attached to executive produce through their Lightstorm Entertainment and Wonderland Sound and Vision banners respectively.