FX has ordered thirteen episodes of “The Bridge.” Adapted from the Danish hit drama “Bron” by executive producers Meredith Stiehm (“Homeland“) and novelist Elwood Reid, the series stars Diane Kruger and Oscar nominee Demián Bichir.
Set on the border between El Paso and Juarez, “The Bridge” focuses on two detectives, one from the United States (Kruger as Detective Sonya Cross) and one from Mexico (Bichir as Marco Ruiz), who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks. ”I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world – ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘Lone Star’ come to mind – but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”
Added Stiehm and Reid, “Working with FX has been amazing. The border has so many rich and compelling stories to tell and John Landgraf, Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, along with the Shine America team, are just as excited as we are to bring those stories to life.”
Co-starring with Kruger and Bichir are Ted Levine and Annabeth Gish. Thomas M. Wright and Matthew Lillard will guest star.
“The Bridge” is scheduled to debut this summer on FX.
Character descriptions below (via FX):
Demián Bichir stars in the role of “Marco Ruiz,” a homicide investigator for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico living in Ciudad Juárez. A family man, Marco is one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels. He’s sharp, charming, and observant and painfully aware that his city is in a state of chaos. When a body is dumped on the bridge that spans the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez border, Ruiz is forced to work with his American counterpart, “Detective Sonya Cross.”
Diane Kruger stars as “Detective Sonya Cross,” a dogged cop who has an undiagnosed disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Cross is shockingly candid and calls the world as she sees it, which can be off-putting to her colleagues, but she is also extremely effective at her job.
Ted Levine plays “Lieutenant Hank Wade,” a member of Detective Cross’s team at the El Paso Police Department who is a veteran cop with a weathered, cowboy swagger. He is not surprised by anything that human beings will do to one another, but he’s utterly baffled by the office coffeemaker. Hank knows that Sonya communication skills are challenged, and repeatedly has to advise her how to work more diplomatically with others.
Annabeth Gish plays “Charlotte Millwright,” a wealthy ranch wife suddenly widowed when her older husband Karl suffers a massive heart attack while on the Mexican side of the border. A sheltered woman with a ranch to run, Charlotte quickly learns that her late husband has many shocking secrets.
Thomas M. Wright plays “Steven Linder,” a wolf of a man who is no stranger to the dark and jumbled chaos of Juárez.
Matthew Lillard plays “Daniel Frye,” a cocky reporter with the El Paso Times whose hard partying ways have taken a toll on his once promising journalism career.