Kick-Ass star Mark Strong has landed the lead role in new espionage television show Deep State, which is being produced by Endor Productions and will be shown on Fox.

Variety reported the news and in a statement on the site about the show, which is set over eight episodes and is set to air in over 50 countries, describes Strong playing Max Easton, “a man caught between two versions of himself, the past and the present… An ex-spy, Max is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos throughout the Middle East.”

On the role, Strong said:

“The character I’m playing is completely morally conflicted – the type of role I find myself drawn to. He has to marry a secretive and extremely dangerous work life with that of a loving father and a loyal husband, and it makes for a fascinating character study.”

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The British actor has had a slew of big roles over the last few years which has seen him star in films as Zero Dark Thirty, The Imitation Game, Green Lantern, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Sherlock Holmes. Most recently he starred opposite Jessica Chastain in courtroom thriller Miss Sloane and opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in comedy Grimsby.

The showrunner Matthew Parkhill (Rogue), has spoken on the show and said: “‘Deep State’ is a grounded, visceral thriller. It moves between the deeply personal story of a family man fighting to escape his past and the violent, dark excesses of government and global corporate power.”

Strong will next be seen in the eagerly-anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, opposite Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges, which opens on September 29th.