‘The Department’: Michael Fassbender Eyes Role In George Clooney’s Spy Series

Following the disastrous X-Men: Dark Phoenix, you didn’t see much from Michael Fassbender for a while. After a break from acting he returned with last year’s Next Goal Wins and The Killer. but he’s far from done. Variety reports Fassbender is eyeing a new Showtime thriller series from George Clooney titled The Department.

Directed by Clooney and announced about a year ago, the new show is based on The Bureau, a French spy series starring Matthieu Kassovitz as a member of the French Secret Services (DGSE), returned home after a six-year mission in Damascus. But letting go of his false identity proves hard, the same with his affair with a Syrian woman, and he finds himself caught in the middle a dangerous game between the DGSE and the CIA.

Producers on The Department include Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, along with MTV Entertainment and Taylor Sheridan’s 101 Studios. A lot of folks with experience making prestige TV.

Clooney is coming off the sports drama The Boys in the Boat, and will star in Jon Watts’ Wolfs alongside Brad Pitt. Fassbender has the long-delayed martial arts comedy Kung Fury 2 which should’ve opened last year but has no current release date.

Travis Hopson
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