'The Saint' Remake Casts Its Lead Deadline
A remake of Roger Moore's caper series "The Saint" is in the works, and the lead role of Simon Templar has been cast, reports Deadline.com.
British actor Adam Rayner ("Hunted") will play Templar, a modern-day Robin Hood who is also a notorious, charming thief known as the Saint. The remake, which has not landed at a network yet, will have Simon West directing the pilot, with Brad Krevoy producing and “Heroes’” Jesse Alexander writing and executive producing.
The character originated in novels by Leslie Charteris and became a successful RKO movie series in the 1940s starring Oscar winner George Sanders. Years later, Val Kilmer starred in a 1997 feature as Templar. The most famous Simon Templar, however, is Roger Moore, who starred in the 1960s British TV series prior to his years as James Bond in the 007 movies.
In the new incarnation, Templar will be a "debonair international thief” who “steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself. A master of disguise, improvisation, martial arts, firearms and espionage and the quintessential English gentleman, he is hired by certain government agencies for special assignments,” Deadline reports.