AMC’s The Driver Recruits Skeet Ulrich for Lead Role Opposite Giancarlo Esposito

Riverdale star Skeet Ulrich has just landed his next starring role. Per Deadline, it has just been announced that the actor has boarded The Driver, an upcoming remake of a British drama series that’s in the works at AMC. Ulrich joins fellow lead star Giancarlo Esposito with other cast members including Paula Malcomson and Bonnie Mbuli. Filming is scheduled to start this month in New Orleans.

The American adaptation of The Driver is created for the small screen by Danny Brocklehurst, Sunu Gonera, and Theo Travers with Travers also serving as series showrunner. Esposito, Gonera, Brocklehurst, and Travers are also executive producing with original The Driver star David Morrissey as well as Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman and A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson.

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In The Driver, Esposito plays Vince a cab driver who winds up chauffeuring a Zimbabwean gangster nicknamed “The Horse” (Zackary Momoh) when trouble quickly escalates. Ulrich joins the series as an old friend of Vince’s, Colin, who was played by Ian Hart in the original version of The Driver.

Ulrich is particularly popular with horror fans for his memorable role as one of the original Ghostface killers in Wes Craven’s Scream. He has since appeared in a variety of films with his more recent credits including 50 to 1, Austin Found, and Escape Room. He had been featured in a main role on the hit series Riverdale in addition to starring in the 2020 series #FreeRayshawn. Ulrich can also be seen in the upcoming disaster movie Supercell and in Brad Anderson’s psychological thriller Blood.

The Driver Keeps Giancarlo Esposito at AMC

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There are just two episodes left of AMC’s Better Call Saul which features Giancarlo Esposito in his role as criminal kingpin Gus Fring. With that series coming to an end, AMC was looking to keep the actor around at the network with another starring role. Fortunately, The Driver turned out to be a perfect fit as Esposito was happy to sign on for the project.

“I am over the moon excited, enthused and inspired to be in collaboration with the stellar network and creative team of AMC,” Esposito said in a statement when the series was announced. “Thanks for believing in me. It’s great to be back home!”

Travers added, “I couldn’t be more excited to help bring this show to life. I’ve been a fan of Giancarlo’s work since Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. It’s a true honor to have the chance to collaborate with him in this way. The Driver is a high-voltage, dark identity quest for an everyman trying to find renewed purpose in his life.”

The Driver does not yet have a premiere date on Netflix. For now, fans can see Esposito in the final episodes of Better Call Saul when they arrive on Monday son AMC and AMC+. Meanwhile, Esposito’s co-star Bob Odenkirk has also signed on to star in his own separate show at AMC.