With TV shows and OTT platforms getting more notoriety than movies, it’s no wonder major film stars are transitioning to smaller screens to keep themselves busy and relevant at the same time. Even two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro is making his way to TV, just a few short weeks after Quentin Tarantino announced he was working on a multi-part series. A recent Variety report has revealed the Raging Bull legend is set to make his regular spot TV debut in the upcoming limited series Zero Day.
A Netflix production, Zero Day is a new political thriller from the talented minds of Narcos showrunner Eric Newman and The Maze Runner writer Noah Oppenheim. Both will write and serve as executive producers for the new series along with Jonathan Glickman of Panoramic Media and De Niro, who will pull double duty. Even Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Schmidt is lending some of his creative capabilities to help create the show’s plot.
While we are light on details surrounding Zero Day‘s plot, Variety says that De Niro will be taking on the role of a former U.S. President. Outside of the fact that Eric Newman and his Grand Electric production company are right now in an overall deal at Netflix, not much else has been revealed about the project.
If the show happens to see the light of day, then, Zero Day would be De Niro’s first regular television role of his more than 50-year-long acting career. However, it wouldn’t be De Niro’s first outing on television. The Taxi Driver actor has several Emmy nominations under his belt, including one for his portrayal of infamous Ponzi schemester Bernie Madoff in the HBO television movie The Wizard of Lies in 2017.
The actor has even made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live as special counsel Robert Mueller. The idea of De Niro as a former U.S. President sounds rather fascinating and has our curiosities piqued already. While you patiently wait for De Niro’s Zero Day to drop, you also might wanna check out New on Netflix in October 2023.
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