Actor Pierce Brosnan is joining “The Son,” replacing Sam Neill in the AMC drama series, according to Deadline.
The former James Bond will star as Eli, the patriarch of the McCullough family. The original series is based on the 2013 novel by Philipp Meyer.
Viewers will follow three generations of the family’s rise to an oil “superpower” in Texas in the early 20th century. The series will begin filming this year in Austin and is scheduled to have a premiere date next year.
Kevin Murphy, who serves as executive producer on the series, tweeted his excitement about working on the show.
Humbled & excited. Can’t wait 2 start,” he tweeted.
— Kevin Murphy (@kevinmurphyhc) June 6, 2016
Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Nunez, and Sydney Lucas also stars alongside Brosnan. McClarnon and Lucas excitedly announced the news on their own social media accounts.
McClarnon tweeted “exciting news” about the casting of Brosnan.
— Sydney Lucas (@SydneyLucasNYC) June 6, 2016
Brosnan’s new role as Eli McCullough on television is the first since his role as detective Remington Steele on the eponymous 1980s television series. Brosnan starred alongside Doris Roberts, who died overnight in her sleep in April of this year. She was 90.
Brosnan grieved Roberts’s passing on Instagram.
The 63-year-old Irishman will also star in “Urge,” “The Foreigner,” and play King Louis XIV in The King’s Daughter this year.