Five months after ending his nine-year run on NBC’s “Law & Order,” Jesse L. Martin is currently in talks to star in a new drama series for the network.
Following a lengthy courtship by NBC, the actor is eying a role on “The Philanthropist,” a midseason show co-staring James Purefoy as a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need around the world.
Martin would play Philip Maidstone, Purefoy’s business partner and lifelong friend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Production on the series will be based in London through NBC Universal’s international TV production unit, with filming set for South Africa and the Czech Republic.
Martin starred as Detective Ed Green on “L&O,” and recently wrapped the independent features “Peter and Vandy” and “Silent Rhythm.” He also narrated the Marvin Gaye documentary “What’s Going On,” and will play Gaye in the biopic “Sexual Healing.”
Martin also co-stars in NBC’s upcoming holiday special “Letters to Santa — A Muppets Christmas.”