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Jeffrey Wright Joins Paramount+ Drama ‘The Agency’

Jeffrey Wright Joins Paramount+ Drama ‘The Agency’

Paramount+ has signed a new operative for its CIA thriller The Agency.

Jeffrey Wright has joined the series, which has begun production in London. He’ll star opposite Michael Fassbender, who plays an agency operative called in from an undercover assignment. The series (formerly titled The Department) is based on the acclaimed French drama Le Bureau des Legendes and will stream on the Paramount+ with Showtime premium tier.

The role is the second high-profile TV job Wright has landed in the past month. He’s also set to join season two of HBO’s The Last of Us as Isaac, the leader of a militia group (Wright also voiced the character in The Last of Us Part II video game). The Agency will reunite Wright with his Syriana co-star George Clooney, who’s an executive producer.

In The Agency, Fassbender plays Martian, who’s ordered to abandon his undercover life and return to London Station. When the love he left behind reappears, romance reignites. His career, his real identity and his mission are pitted against his heart; hurling them both into a deadly game of international intrigue and espionage.

Wright will play Henry, the director of operations at the London station and a mentor to Martian.

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The Agency comes from Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios earned a straight-to-series order at Showtime in February 2023, before the premium cable outlet was effectively folded into Paramount+. Clooney and Grant Heslov are executive producing via their Smokehouse Pictures along with writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth; director Joe Wright; Keith Cox and Nina L. Diaz of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios; David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari of 101 Studios; Alex Berger of TOP-The Originals Productions; and Ashley Stern and Pascal Breton of Federation Studios/Federation Entertainment of America.

Wright earned an Oscar nomination this year for his lead role in American Fiction. He won an Emmy in 2004 for HBO’s Angels in America and was nominated three other times for Westworld. His recent credits also include Rustin, Asteroid City and Marvel’s animated series What If …? He is repped by CAA, Strategic PR and Jackoway Austen.

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