Pierce Brosnan is making a move to the small screen for AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son, EW has confirmed. This will mark Brosnan’s first regular television role since his detective procedural Remington Steele ended nearly three decades ago in 1987.
Best known for portraying James Bond in films such as GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, Brosnan will put aside his suave, superspy persona to play Eli McCullough, the patriarch of a Texas family in the early 20th century. The role was originally meant to be played by Sam Neill, but he left the show for personal reasons.
The Son is based on a 2013 novel of the same name by Philipp Meyer. The story follows three generations of the McCullough family, a ranching and oil dynasty meant to represent America’s creation myth. The television adaptation is slated to premiere on AMC in 2017.
Aside from television, Brosnan has a number of new movies coming out this year, including the trippy thriller Urge, costarring with Jackie Chan in The Foreigner, and portraying King Louis XIV in The King’s Daughter.