By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
The legendary Raging Bull actor will star alongside fellow Oscar winner Julianne Moore for the untitled small screen project which will reportedly centre on the American mafia.
Russell, one of Hollywood’s hottest talents, will write and direct every episode of the serialized program which is being produced by heavy-hitters The Weinstein Company and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.
The show sparked a bidding war between FX and Amazon with the big spending tech giant winning the rights to screen the series on their Prime streaming service.
Story details are scant right now although the first season has been commissioned for 16 episodes.
Director Russell is the brilliant mind behind acclaimed feature films such as Three Kings, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
And while his movies have been a mainstay of awards season – picking up multiple acting Oscars in recent years – the lure of television-on-demand and the creative freedom that organisations such as Amazon provide has proven too much for O.Russell.
Taxi Driver icon De Niro played supporting roles in the filmmaker’s Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and his last feature Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence in her third Golden Globe winning performance in a Russell picture.
Stay tuned for more news on this exciting project.