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James Hibberd
February 27, 2013 AT 07:30 PM EST

Anthony LaPaglia as a hitman? We can buy that.

The former star of CBS’ Without a Trace is expected to play the patriarch of a family of assassins in Fox’s drama pilot Boomerang. The show focuses “on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government.” LaPaglia will play “a seasoned assassin with a neurotic side who takes his job very seriously.”

Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was previously cast as his wife on the show, with Michael Stahl-David and Patrick Heusinger cast as their grown-up sons who are also in the assassin business. The pilot is written by Davey Holmes, whose credits include episodes of NBC’s Awake and Showtime’s Shameless, with top producer John Wells among the producing team.

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