Bravo has confirmed that Eric Bana will star opposite Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights”) in the first season of Bravo Media’s scripted anthology series “Dirty John”. The new series is based on the articles and true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard.
This will be the U.S. television debut for Bana, who will star as John Meehan. The character is described as “a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies”. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation.
“Dirty John” is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, and will be executive produced and written by Alexandra Cunningham. Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will serve as executive producers for Atlas Entertainment; Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Chris Argentieri will serve as executive producers for Los Angeles Times Studios; Britton and Bana will also serve as executive producers.
Bana was first introduced to American audiences in the title role of Mark “Chopper” Read in the feature film “Chopper,” which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was then released in the U.S. to critical notice after its Australian success. Bana earned awards from the Australian Film Critics Circle and the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of “Chopper.”
Bana was seen co-starring in Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” as Delta Sgt. First Class “Hoot” Gibson, one of a group of elite US soldiers opposite Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore. The war epic, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Sony, is based on journalist Mark Bowden’s best-selling account of the 1993 US mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Shortly thereafter, Eric starred as the title role of Bruce Banner in “The Hulk” for director Ang Lee and Universal Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics character. He was also featured as Hector the Prince of Troy in Warner Bros.’ “Troy,” for director Wolfgang Peterson. The film was based on Homer’s “The Iliad”, and co-starred Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. The following year, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed MUNICH, about the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Bana’s other credits include J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit “Star Trek,” Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” opposite Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill, the action-thriller “Hanna” with Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett, and “Lone Survivor” alongside Mark Wahlberg. He can currently be seen in “The Forgiven” opposite Forest Whitaker, directed by Roland Joffe.