According to Deadline, Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone is currently in talks for the leading role in Paramount+’s crime drama series titled Kansas City, which hails from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan. This marks Sheridan’s latest Paramount+ project after heading Mayor of Kingstown and 1883.
“Taylor is a prolific creator because of the multi-dimensional characters he creates and the complex worlds he builds,” executive producer David C. Glasser said in a statement. “To be able to have the legendary, transcendent Sylvester playing one of these characters is truly a privilege. And on top of that, we have Terence producing the project with us, who is responsible for some of the most captivating, deeply respected television shows in history. We are thrilled that ViacomCBS has partnered with us to help tell this story.”
Kansas City will be written by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, who is also serving as the showrunner. Stallone is set to portray the role of a New York City Italian mobster named Sal, who is forced to relocate to the most unlikely of places—Kansas City, Missouri.
Set in the present day, legendary mobster Sal is faced with the startling task of reestablishing his Italian mafia family to the modernized, straight-shooting town of Kansas City,” reads the logline. “There, Sal encounters surprising and unsuspecting characters who follow him along his unconventional path to power.”
The series is a production by 101 Studios, with David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yari executive producing. Winter and Sheridan are also serving as executive producers along with Stallone and Braden Aftergood through their Balboa Productions banner.
The upcoming Paramount+ project will mark Stallone’s first major scripted drama as the lead. He will also next be seen in action films such as The Expendables 4, Samaritan, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.