Former Iron Fist star Finn Jones lands his next TV gig, playing lead character Malcolm Bright in new FOX serial killer pilot Prodigal Son. Now 30-years-old, Jones has been acting steadily since 2009 in his native U.K., starting out on the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks. Jones cut his teeth as many actors do after that, appearing in B-movies like slasher sequel Wrong Turn 5.Jones was even a part of Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface,which was shot in 2015, then infamously sat on a shelf until 2017.
Before landing the lead in Netflix’s Marvel show Iron Fist, Jones’ greatest fame had come playing Loras Tyrell in 21 episodes of HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones. With the high profile character of Danny Rand, Jones finally seemed to land his breakout role, and while Iron Fist was surprisingly canceled back in the fall along with Luke Cage and Daredevil, Jones did clearly impress the right people in Hollywood during his stint as a member of The Defenders, as he’s now set to headline his own potential FOX series.
As reported by THR, Jones has been cast as the lead in rapidly growing FOX drama pilot Prodigal Son. Jones plays Malcolm Bright, a gifted criminal psychologist capable of helping catch serial killers due to his rather unique relationship with the subject. His father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), was once a devoted family man by day and a vicious murderer nicknamed “The Surgeon” by night, before ultimately being caught and sent to prison. Despite their estranged relationship, Malcolm is sometimes forced to consult his father in order to solve cases.
While Prodigal Son obviously hasn’t been picked up to anything beyond a pilot as of yet, with Jones and Sheen leading the cast, it’s hard to imagine the series not getting at least one full season. Scandal’s Bellamy Young is also in the mix, playing Malcolm’s mother. One wonders what her character thought when it was revealed that her husband was a prolific serial killer, as that seems like something that would damage a marriage.
On the surface, the premise of Prodigal Son somewhat recalls Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels and the movies/shows they were adapted into, with a skilled criminal profiler being forced into an unlikely alliance with an infamous criminal in order to stop other similar criminals. It’s also a bit reminiscent of NBC’s long-running The Blacklist. That said, success in Hollywood is often less about originality than it is about successfully executing the idea one has, no matter how derivative. Casting Jones and Sheen is certainly a good first step toward that goal.