Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of NBC’s pulpy drama pilot Bloodline.
Banks will play Leo Killpriest, the patriarch of an ancient line of killers, in the Kill Bill-esque stylized drama.
Bloodline follows an orphaned girl named Bird Benson who’s caught between two families of murderers and mercenaries. In order to eventually have a normal life, Bird learns, she must defeat her mother via mortal combat.
Banks’ powerful character, the head of one of the families, is worried that the last remaining members of his bloodline will be wiped off the earth because they’ve lost touch with the old ways. To reunite what’s left of his family, the highly dangerous Leo is building an army.
Bloodline is written by David Graziano (Awake) and produced by Friday Night Lights Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Berg will direct the pilot.
In addition to playing Breaking Bad‘s meth legman Mike, Banks’ lengthy TV resumé includes Wiseguy, Vegas, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation and Body of Proof.