The actor will play the title role in, Hoke, a TV series based on the detective novels of Charles Willeford, FX has announced.
Though previously known for his film roles, Paul Giamatti is increasingly present on television lately. After starring in TV movies for HBO and appearing in Downton Abbey, the actor will star in a new pilot as Hoke Moseley, a divorced, broke Miami police officer with a complex about his weight and his false teeth.
The character was created by Charles Willeford as the protagonist of the crime novels Miami Blues, New Hope For the Dead, Sideswipe and The Way We Die Now. The books offer a biting and ironic look at the Miami crime scene of the 1980s. The first novel in the Hoke Moseley series inspired a 1990 film adaptation starring Fred Word in the role of the policeman, along with Alec Baldwin.
The upcoming TV adaptation of the series is expected to fully embrace the black humor of the original novels, published in the US between 1984 and 1988. Scott Frank, the screenwriter behind Minority Report, will write and direct the new pilot, on which shooting is expected to begin in Florida at the end of this year.