Celebrated ham and all around fascinating thespian Bill Paxton has taken a role in the upcoming Training Day TV adaptation. And he will be playing… Alonzo?
It seems this new version of Antoine Fuqua’s brilliant dirty-cop thriller will switch race roles. The eager young greenhorn, played to perfection by Ethan Hawke in the film version, will be the black guy this time around. And Bill Paxton will play the corrupt cop role Denzel Washington won an Oscar for back in the day.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, and here’s their quick synopsis:
“Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the 2001 film left off, the reboot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective.”
As is the case with any Bill Paxton project, Training Day has the potential to be captivating, if for no other reason than Paxton’s ability to overact while simultaneously being brilliant. There’s one issue, however: this is a series heading to CBS. That means that, more than likely, the show will be homogenized and sterilized in order to reach the CBS demo, i.e. old middle America. We shall see.