Actress Sharon Stone, better known for her career in movies, including "Basic Instinct" and "Casino," has taken on what will be her first starring role in a TV series if the project goes to series. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that Stone will tackle a starring role in the TNT action pilot "Agent X" (working title).
"Penned by ‘The Bourne Identity’ scribe William Blake Herron, ‘Agent X’ centers on America’s first female vice president, [Natalie] Maccabee (Stone), a woman with brains, beauty, and a cool composure that belies a restless mind," Andreeva writes. "After the death of her husband, a Senate candidate, Natalie opted to run in his place, and after a rapid political rise, she now finds herself the newly elected vice president of the United States. Initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature, she soon learns that it comes with a top secret duty: protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated ‘Agent X.’”
The project has some parallels with the HBO comedy series "Veep," in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus also plays the country’s first female vice president. Stone reportedly agreed to tackle "Agent X" after being pursued for the role for some time. The pilot, from Beacon Pictures, will be executive produced by Armyan Bernstein.
"This marks the first series starring role for Stone, whose only previous series regular gig was a small part on a short-lived NBC drama at the very beginning of her career more than 30 years ago," the report notes. "The Oscar-nominated actress, repped by Paradigm and manager Chuck Binder, previously did arcs on ‘The Practice,’ which earned her an Emmy nomination, and ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ and starred in the 2001 HBO movie ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2.’"