Wyatt Russell is going from a haunted house to the Lodge.
The Black Mirror actor — who starred in the acclaimed season 3 episode “Playtest” as a gamer testing a new level of augmented reality inside a creepy mansion — has been cast as the lead in Lodge 49, a new AMC series set to debut in 2018.
Russell will play Sean “Dud” Dudley in the show, “a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. Through the Lodge and his newfound connection with the other members, Dud will come to find the missing sense of purpose in his life and confront his deepest fears and greatest hopes.”
“Dud is a layered, complex, and fascinating character who embodies hope and futility, comedy and tragedy, and the fragility of life,”Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, said in a statement. “Wyatt brings the nuance, warmth and depth to this loveable and iconic character, and we’re thrilled to have him.”
Lodge 49, which takes place in Long Beach, California and is described as a “modern day fable,” comes from Peter Ocko (Pushing Daisies), Jim Gavin (author of Middle Men), actor Paul Giamatti (Billions), and Dan Carey (John Dies At The End) for AMC Studios. Ocko will act as the series showrunner.
Russell is the son of actor Kurt Russell and actress Goldie Hawn. In addition to Black Mirror, he’s had key roles in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! and the hit comedy sequel 22 Jump Street.