Variety is reporting that Mad Men alum John Slattery has been tapped to lead FOX A.I. thriller pilot neXT. He’ll be playing Paul Leblanc, an intelligent, narcissistic tech company CEO quickly becoming consumed by his paranoia.
From Manny Coto (24), neXT is described as a fact-based thriller grounded in the latest A.I. research. If ordered, the series would follow LeBlanc and Homeland Cybersecurity Agent Shea (Fernanda Andrade) as they team up to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself.
In addition to his role on the acclaimed AMC drama, Slattery’s television credits include Sex and the City, The Romanoffs, and Veep. He joins a cast that features Michael Mosley (Ozark), Eve Harlow (Juno), Aaron Moten (Disjointed), and Gerardo Celasco (Moneyball).
neXT is part of a drama pilot slate for FOX that includes cop drama Deputy; Southern soap Filthy Rich; Lovestruck, a wedding dramedy that stars Rachel Bilson; serial killer thriller Prodigal Son, which recast its lead; and an untitled fertility drama executive produced by Jason Katims.