FX has placed a 13-episode order for The Bridge, the network announced Tuesday. Diane Kruger and Oscar nominee Demián Bichir will the star in the drama, which comes from executive producers Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid.
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Kruger stars as Sonya Cross, a shockingly candid, but efficient detective who has an undiagnosed disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Bichir plays Marco Ruiz, a homicide investigator living in Ciudad Juarez and one of the last good men in a corrupt Mexican police force. When a serial killer begins operating in both Mexico and the United States, the two cops are forced to work together to track the killer down. The series is an adaptation of the international series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden.
"For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success," FX President John Landgraf said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world — No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind — but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama."
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The Bridge also co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright. Matthew Lillard will guest-star.
The Bridge is scheduled to begin production in April with an intended July premiere.