Deadline.com — Walton Goggins didn’t just walk into the role of Lee Russell in HBO’s Vice Principals. Instead, it took him years to land the part. The series, co-created by Jody Hill and Goggins’ co-star Danny McBride, earned Goggins a best supporting actor Critics’ Choice Award. It wrapped its two-season run at the end of last year.
The dark comedy series centered on Neal Gamby (McBride), a prickly high school vice principal who teams with his rival Russell against the new principal who took the job they both wanted.
Goggins said Sunday during Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event that he always wanted to work with McBride, but it took a while to find the right project. “I actually went in and I auditioned for a role on Eastbound & Down,” Goggins said of McBride’s previous HBO series.
While Goggins didn’t get that part, he did make a lasting impression on McBride. “A couple of years later, I was doing The Hateful Eight and he reached out and said, ‘I have this role and I want you to do it.’”
Goggins said it was a project he won’t soon forget.
“It was bittersweet to say goodbye to it,” Goggins said. “It was an incredible experience.”
Deadline.com — History has slotted Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at 10 PM for a special premiere of its hit Navy SEAL drama series Six. It also will air a second new episode during its regular timeslot on Wednesday May 30 at 10 PM.
From A+E Studios, the ten-episode second season follows Navy SEAL Team Six in a mission to destroy the terrorist network responsible for the shooting of their former team leader Richard “Rip” Taggart (Walton Goggins). Led by Joe ‘Bear’ Graves (Barry Sloane), the Navy SEALS will join forces with cunning and tenacious CIA officer Gina Cline, played by newcomer Olivia Munn, to scour Eastern Europe, infiltrating hostile territory and terrorist hotspots like Chechnya as they track the mastermind behind Michael’s (Dominic Adams) jihadist network. The chase will bring the Navy SEALs to the border of Russia, where the consequences of their actions could spark World War III.
Also returning for season two are series regulars Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Jaylen Moore, Brianne Davis and Nadine Velazquez. In addition to Munn, newcomers to season two include previously announced Eric Ladin and Nikolai Nikolaeff and recurring guest star, Erik Palladino.
Six was created and written by William Broyles and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran. William Broyles, David Broyles, Bruce C. McKenna, Alfredo Barrios, Jr., George W. Perkins, Meryl Poster and Barry Jossen are executive producers. Arturo Interian serves as the executive producer for History.
CBS’ new take on L.A. Confidential has booked a big name to star.
Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Justified) has signed on to headline the buzzy pilot, according to our sister site Variety. Goggins will play the role of Detective Jack Vincennes, the flashy and morally questionable LAPD cop played by Kevin Spacey in the Oscar-winning 1997 film.
Like the film, CBS’ L.A. Confidential — which scored an official pilot order earlier this month — is based on the novel by acclaimed crime author James Ellroy, and follows a trio of homicide detectives, a reporter and an aspiring actress as their lives intersect in 1950s Los Angeles. Jordan Harper (Gotham, The Mentalist) will pen the pilot and serve as an executive producer on the project, should it go to series.
Goggins is best known to TV fans as charming criminal Boyd Crowder on FX’s Justified, a role that earned him an Emmy nomination in 2011. He also memorably played detective Shane Vendrell on The Shield and transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam on Sons of Anarchy. Recently, Goggins co-starred on History’s Navy SEAL drama SIX and with Danny McBride on HBO’s Vice Principals.
Walton Goggins has been set to star in Them That Follow, the dramatic thriller taking shape for a production start next month in Ohio. He joins Olivia Colman, Alice Englert and Thomas Mann in the Amasia Entertainment pic, set deep in the wilds of Appalachia where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God.
Goggins will play Lemuel Childs, the unshakable preacher determined to protect this way of life in a world that is changing and turning against their traditions. Fearing the erosion of his church and the possible loss of his daughter Mara (Englert) to the outside world, he is faced with preventing his community from breaking apart.
Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage are directing from their original screenplay. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson for G-BASE. Amasia is financing.
It’s a busy time for Goggins, who stars alongside Richard Gere and Peter Dinklage in Three Christs, the Jon Avnet pic that is world premiering Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival. He also stars opposite Alicia Vikander in Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider reboot, Disney/Marvel’s Ant Man And The Wasp and Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure all due out next year. His HBO series Vice Principals opposite Danny McBride returns for Season 2 on Sunday.
History’s new military drama Six debuted strongly in mid-January, with 2.6 total million viewers tuning in to check out the combat series. The show focuses on the struggles of a Navy SEAL team, and on their former trooper leader “Rip” Taggart (Justified‘s Walton Goggins), who was taken captive in the premiere by extremist group Boko Haram. While his former compatriots struggle to free him, on Wednesday’s episode, Rip will try to escape his captors.
EW has some exclusive photos from the episode, titled “Tour of Duty.” Things look bad for Goggins, though the situation still seems more hopeful than The Hateful Eight.
The third episode of Six‘s eight-part season airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on History.