The Old Man: everything we know about Jeff Bridges’ TV series
Who said that the months of June to August were reserved for summer blockbusters? Although American broadcast networks are hosting most of their big shows for the fall, shows like The old man starring Jeff Bridges are here to entertain us during the scorching days of summer.
Based on the bestselling novel The old man by Thomas Perry (opens in a new tab)the creative team behind The old man understand black sails and To see writers Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg. Besides, Spider-Man: No Coming Home director Jon Watts was behind the camera for the first two episodes of the series.
Here’s everything we know about The old man.
What is the release date of The Old Man?
The old man premieres Thursday, June 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX for American audiences. The first two episodes will be available on June 16, with new episodes subsequently released on a weekly basis. There are seven episodes in total in the season.
After The old man‘s airdate on Thursday, the final episodes will be available to stream the following day on Hulu.
The old man will be available internationally, on Disney Plus under the Star banner in the UK and other international markets, while Latin American viewers will be able to find it on Star Plus. No official premiere date for international viewers has been announced, just that the show will be available “soon”.
What is the plot of The Old Man?
As we said, The old man is based on the Thomas Perry novel of the same name, which was published in 2017. Here is the official synopsis for the TV version of The old man:
“The old man centers on Dan Chase, who ran away from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid ever since. When an assassin arrives and attempts to take out Chase, the old agent learns that to secure his future, he must now reconcile his past.
“With Dan Chase chased from hiding, FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper is called in to hunt him down due to his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. Alongside Harper is his protegee, Angela Adams, and CIA Special Agent Raymond Waters When Chase proves harder to apprehend than authorities expected, Julian Carson, a highly trained special ops contractor, is also sent for the While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald who dips into the stash never knew she did it to survive the day she learns the truth about her new tenant.”
Perry’s The old man is a stand-alone book. However, FX lists the show as a drama series, not a limited series, which could This means that either the first seven episodes won’t cover the entirety of Perry’s book, or they might have plans to deepen the story in some way, although nothing is confirmed.
The Old Man Trailer
FX released the trailer for The old man. In it, we see that CIA agent Jeff Bridges hasn’t lost a step as he attempts to outrun the government forces after him. To verify The old man trailer just below:
Jeff Bridges in The Old Man
Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase in The old man. It’s the first role the Oscar-winning actor has taken on, on television or in film, since 2018, with his last role in Bad weather at the El Royale. In 2020, Bridges shared that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma but was in remission as of 2021 and said People (opens in a new tab) this year that he feels “great”.
Bridges is probably best known for his role as The Dude in The great Lebowskialthough his career features a number of iconic performances in films like The last picture show, TRON, The fisher king, sea cookie, Iron Man, mad heart (his Oscar-winning role), The real courage and Against all odds.
While he has worked less on the TV side since breaking out in films, Bridges has made his small screen debut, appearing in TV shows Hunting at sea, The Lloyd Bridges Show (which featured his father) and The FBI. The old man represents his first role in a TV series since the 1980s (although he did make a TV movie, Hidden in AmericaIn the 90s).
Who is part of the cast of The Old Man?
Jeff Bridges is the headliner of The old manbut who else is joining him in the cast?
John Lithgow is on board to play Harold Harper, the FBI director who has a complicated past with Bridges’ Chase. Lithgow is no stranger to action/thriller series like this, as he played the lead role of Trinity Killer in Showtime’s Dexter. Some of Lithgow’s other well-known credits include The world according to Garp, 3rd Rock of the Sun and The crown.
Other members of the FBI team include Alia Shawkat (Development stopped, Research group) as Angela Adams, EJ Bonilla (Gemini Man, Bull) like Raymond Waters and Gbenga Akinnagbe (Wu Tang: an American saga, The devil) as Julian Carson.
Also in the cast are Amy Brenneman (shiny girls, Leftovers) as Zoe McDonald, Bill Heck (I know what you did last summer, locke and key) like young Dan Chase, Leem Lubany (Rock the Kasbah) and Pej Vahdat (city on a hill, Dynasty).
How to watch The Old Man
The old man is going to air in the US on FX, a cable channel available through most traditional pay-TV subscription packages (check to see if your package offers it) as well as live streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. The series will also air the next day on Hulu, so a subscription to the streaming service (whether standalone, with the Disney Bundle, or through Hulu with Live TV) also allows you to watch The old man.
For those outside the US, subscriptions will be required to Star Plus (for Latin America) or Disney Plus (UK and other international territories).