“Lone Star” is a new fall drama coming to FOX starring newcomer James Wolk as Bob/Robert, a con man leading a double life amidst the Texas oil industry. Bob/Robert is juggling his father and two families, all while struggling to get out of his criminal ways and find something real.
The cast and creators of “Lone Star” hosted a panel at the Paley Center Media in Beverly Hills and waxed poetic about their experiences so far and what attracted them to the show.
“I met this group of actors and I fell in love,” says the inimitable Jon Voight, who plays the Thatcher family patriarch and Wolk’s father-in-law. He read the script and found the role to be something he “could do something with.” But it was the ensemble cast that really drew him to the project.
Wolk, as the main force of the show, says he was attracted to the piece because “the writing was extraordinary” and David Keith, who plays Wolk’s father, echoed that sentiment. “This just rolled out. It’s so rich. It’s written how people think and talk. It’s real.”
In juggling his dual lives, Bob/Robert naturally juggles two love interests. Both Eloise Mumford, who plays the middle-class girlfriend Lindsay, and Adrianne Palicki, who plays the upper-class wife Cat, expressed delight in not playing the typical dumb teenager role.
“I’m playing someone my own age, which is kind of awesome,” former “Friday Night Lights” star Palicki laughs, while Mumford was excited to be playing someone “sweet and innocent, yet at the same time strong and complex.”
The Thatcher family has two sons, Trammell (Mark Deklin) and Drew (Bryce Johnson). Deklin says he liked the script because “nobody has the high moral ground. Everybody’s selfish at times, everybody’s selfless at times.” He also enjoys that even as the “villain,” he gets to show “wounds and vulnerability.”
Johnson cracks that he likes, “Texas and oil and money and scandal.”
But the real zinger of the night was Keith, who deadpans, “I liked the size of the role compared to how much money I’m making … what?”
For our impressions of the pilot, be sure to read the Project Pilot: “Lone Star” article.
“Lone Star” premieres Sept. 20 on FOX.