The new show is being developed by writer-producer Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife") with Clark Johnson ( "The Wire," "S.W.A.T.") set to direct.
Set in New York during the 1970s, the work is reportedly based on the real-life detectives Sonny Grosso and Eddie Egan — the drug-bust cops who also served as source material for the 1971 Academy Award-winning film "The French Connection."
Cannavale — who will play the Grosso-based character — is set to star among the cast of the upcoming New Group Off-Broadway revival of David Rabe's Hurlyburly that includes Ethan Hawke, Wallace Shawn, Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Halley Wegryn Gross and Catherine Kellner.
The Union City, New Jersey native was last seen on stage in Suzan Lori-Parks' Fucking A. He is also known for his work on television ("Third Watch, "Kingpin," "Six Feet Under" and "Will & Grace") and film ("Shall We Dance?" and "The Station Agent"). He is next set to appear the upcoming films "Happy Endings" and John Turturro's moviemusical "Romance & Cigarettes" starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Mandy Moore, Aida Turturro, Mary-Louise Parker, Eddie Izzard, Elaine Stritch, Cady Huffman, Tonya Pinkins, Amy Sedaris among others.
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