Homicide Investigator Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) seem to be complete opposites. He’s a charming family man who hasn’t been worn down by his taxing job and wants to help bring his city out of the depths it’s currently in; she’s a dogged cop with an undiagnosed disorder that falls on the autism spectrum and a very candid worldview. Under most circumstances, the two wouldn’t ever cross paths, but the event that kicks off FX’s The Bridge is not most circumstances.
A body has been found on the border between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, bringing detectives from Mexico and the United States together to hunt for the serial killer responsible. Ruiz and Cross are leading their respective squads in the investigation and, as expected, bump heads on more than one occasion in the process. There’s no clear way to divide jurisdiction between the two factions and even if there were, Ruiz’s optimism and Cross’s disregard for social mores would override it and attempt to wrestle control from the other. Will they find a way to work together and catch the serial killer without coming for the other’s throat?
The Bridge, adapted from hit Scandanavian crime drama Bron, will be executive produced by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and author Elwood Reid. The pilot is set to be directed by Gerardo Naranjo.
Aside from Bichir and Kruger, The Bridge stars Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) as Lieutenant Hank Wade, a weathered member of Detective Cross’s team with cowboy swagger and a hardened view of fellow human beings; Annabeth Gish (Brotherhood) as wealthy ranch wife Charlotte Millwright, who begins uncovering the secrets of her recently deceased husband; Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) as Steven Linder, a man no stranger to the dangers of Juarez; and Matthew Lillard (The Descendants) as cocky reporter Daniel Frye, whose once promising journalism career has been damaged by years of hard partying.
The Bridge premieres this July on FX. You can catch up on the latest news from the network, which will be splitting in two beginning this fall, here.
Will you be watching The Bridge? How do you think the adaptation will compare to the original? Are any of the three released teasers intriguing?