Bill Paxton Will Channel His Inner Denzel Washington in CBS' 'Training Day' Reboot


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Cruel Intentions isn’t the only cult favorite making the jump to the small screen. Training Day, which originally starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, is getting the reboot treatment at CBS. The film followed a rookie narcotics cop who embarks on a 24-hour training course with a veteran cop who doesn’t exactly play by the rules.

The reboot is a reimagining of the film and takes place in present day. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bill Paxton will star as Frank Rourke, a veteran LAPD officer who also heads the Special Investigation Section (SIS)-a unit that goes after the worst of the worst criminals. Much like Washington’s character, Rourke is something of a rogue cop who believes in the courage of chasing the bad guys where the law doesn’t. He’s also not fond of babysitting new trainee, Kyle Craig, whose Hawke-like role has not yet been cast.

On the heels of #OscarsSoWhite and a call for greater diversity in the industry, the show is taking no chances. Craig’s character is being described as an idealistic young Africa American cop who is partnered with Rourke’s morally ambiguous character.

Antoine Fuqua, who directed the 2001 film, will executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and former LAPD detective Will Beall, who will also write the script. 

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