Stuart Townsend to star in conspiracy series

Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:53pm EDT
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By Elizabeth Guider

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Stuart Townsend will play the title character in "XIII," a conspiracy thriller series based on a graphic novel that has sold 13 million copies worldwide since the first volume was published 25 years ago.

The 13-episode drama will air in France on Canal Plus in 2011 and on Canada's Showcase in spring 2011. No U.S. network pickup is in place yet.

XIII is a former secret agent who cannot remember his past and thus sets out to uncover his true identity. Hunted by an anti-government organization, he realizes that the closer he gets to the truth, the more deadly the mission becomes.

Shooting begins in Toronto in the fall.

Townsend previously wrote, directed and produced the indie pic "Battle in Seattle," starring Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez and then-girlfriend Charlize Theron. The Irish actor also voiced characters on the Adult Swim series "Robot Chicken."