The veteran actor has been tapped to headline the NBC pilot “Endgame,” which is set in Las Vegas and is centered on an ex-sniper-turned-security-expert, played by Philip Winchester, who’s forced to compete in a series of challenges that will save lives, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Snipes will play Johnson, the unflappable “pit boss” of The Game aka the odyssey Winchester’s character is wrapped up in, TVLine has learned. Johnson is described as highly intelligent, analytical and mysterious, someone who keeps an eye on the big picture but is also capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral too far out of control..
Snipes, 52, has guest-starred in numerous TV shows — including “Miami Vice” and “The Bernie Mac Show” — but has never starred in a network series.
Snipes was reportedly set to star in Fox’s new breakout hit “Empire”, until Taraji P. Henson threw her support behind Hustle & Flow costar Terrance Howard.
Pilot Scoop: Wesley Snipes Joins NBC’s Endgame Thriller
About Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.