Rob Lowe will play a US cop in Lincolnshire in ITV's "fish out of water" drama Wild Bill

Hollywood star Rob Lowe has lined up a new project with ITV, where he’ll appear in new crime drama Wild Bill.

Not to be confused with the 2011 movie starring Andy Serkis and Will Poulter, Wild Bill finds high-flying American policeman Bill Hixon – played by Lowe, who’s also a producer – appointed as Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force. That’s quite a change of scenery, we know.

The six-parter has been created by The Hunted‘s David Griffiths, Kyle Killen, Dudi Appleton and Silent Witness’ Jim Keeble.

Landing in Boston, Lincolnshire, Lowe’s character will be joined by his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey as they hope to flee from some recent personal pain. As he settles into these strange new surroundings, Hixon begins to question everything about himself.

Thrilled to be involved with the series, Golden Globe nominee Lowe shared: “As an actor, Wild Bill is a larger than life character who’s outrageously articulate, has nothing to lose and revels in being an American fish out of water. As a executive producer, I’m excited to work with such talented partners and to come back to work in the UK, which I always love.”

Creators Keeble and Appleton added: “Wild Bill gives us an chance to write about modern Britain and modern crime through unique eyes. We wrote this for Rob Lowe, for his smart-talking, anarchic, soulful voice.

“Displacing Rob in Brexit Britain and specifically in Boston, Lincolnshire allows us to tell stories that are leftfield and unexpected. We wanted to write something that couldn’t take place anywhere else, or at any other time.”

Filming is scheduled to commence next month, with a release date yet to be announced.

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