Sylvester Stallone is the latest big-screen star to enter the streaming world, landing the leading role in the new Tusla King series on Paramount+. First images of the 75-year-old playing the mafia capo recently surfaced online, giving us a taste of Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan’s latest endeavour.
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Previously titled Kansas City, the series will follow the story of New York capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone), who finds himself back in society after serving 25 years in prison. After being exiled by the boss to work in Tusla, Oklahoma, he soon realises that his mob family may not have the best intentions, so he builds a fresh crew of unlikely characters to establish a new criminal empire in his new hometown.
Stallone would make the odd TV appearance before his movie career took off, but has recently popped up in a few cameo roles in several shows. Notably, the action star shared a pitch for a Rocky prequel TV series on Instagram, where fans will “really get to the heart of the characters in their younger years.” Stallone also mentioned at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival plans to create a streaming TV series based on the 1986 cop thriller Cobra, where Stallone played a super cool officer who put the “tough” into “tough in crime”.
The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter will work alongside Sheridan, with Paramount+ keen to bring in the big guns to set the tone for its new streaming platform. “He’s bringing back a kind of rugged individualism that has been sorely lacking,” Sylvester Stallone says of Taylor Sheridan.
“Taylor is a prolific creator because of the multi-dimensional characters he creates and the complex worlds he builds,” adds David C. Glasser, executive producer and CEO of 101 Studios. “To be able to have Sylvester playing one of these characters is truly a privilege. And on top of that, we have Terence producing the project with us, who is responsible for some of the most captivating, deeply respected television shows in history. We are thrilled that ViacomCBS has partnered with us to help tell this story.”
Tulsa King has no official release date but should hit the small screen later this year.