Bill Paxton Is Hoping To Outdo Denzel Washington As The Big Bad In ‘Training Day’

No, you weren’t imagining things. A Training Day TV reboot/sequel is still on the way and now the project has an Emmy-nominated leading man locked in for the pilot.

Bill Paxton is headed back to TV once again and this time he’ll be essentially taking on a pretty similar role to the one Denzel Washington won an Oscar for in the 2001 motion picture of the same name. Instead of playing Detective Alonzo Harris, Paxton is step in the shoes of LAPD tough guy Frank Rourke. Entertainment Weekly has the lowdown on what to expect from Rourke.

“He lives by the law of the jungle and believes that real courage is the will to chase the bad guys where the law won’t,” reads Frank’s official character description. “Needless to say, Frank isn’t too keen to be babysitting a new trainee.”

So who’s this “new trainee” Rourke/Paxton gets to babysit? The character’s named Kyle Craig, although it hasn’t been sorted out who will play the role just yet. What we know about Kyle Craig is that he’s “an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective.” This will probably come up in the pilot of the prospective CBS drama, so don’t feel too much pressure to remember.

Paxton’s no slouch when it comes to showing up on television. He put in 53 episodes as HBO’s favorite polygamist Bill Henrickson on Big Love, you can find him in a recurring gig on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the dude has a tendency to pop up in historically-focused fare like Texas Rising and Hatfields & McCoys. We’ll have to wait and see if CBS goes ahead with the series, but we wouldn’t have any objections to having Paxton back on television. Heck, maybe they’ll use “Eat You Alive” in an episode of Training Day. It’s important we never forget Bill Paxton once showed up in a Limp Bizkit video.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)