Tokyo Vice TV Series Snags Ansel Elgort as Lead

WarnerMedia is fleshing out its forthcoming streaming service with intriguing projects like Tokyo Vice.

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From Baby Driver to Cop’s Passenger – Ansel Elgort is making the move to television for the first time in a new crime drama series called Tokyo Vice.

The show is based on the bestselling memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter On The Police Beat by Jake Adelstein, and will consist of 10 episodes (Deadline). WarnerMedia has chosen it to be the second live-action series for its upcoming streaming platform, alongside Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig’s Lovelife. The streaming service doesn’t have a launch date yet, other than “later this year.”

Tokyo Vice is being adapted for the small screen by J.T. Rogers (Oslo) and will focus on Elgort’s Jake Adelstein, “an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption” and who undergoes a “daily descent into the neon soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing, and no one is truly what or who they seem.”

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, Marvel’s Shang-Chi) is attached to direct the series.

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This isn’t the first time an attempt has been made to adapt Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter On The Police Beat. A film was on the table back in 2013 with Anthony Mandler (All Rise) at the helm, and Daniel Radcliffe set to star, but the project then fell by the wayside.

Elgort has a number of projects in the pipeline, including imminent release The Goldfinch with Nicole Kidman and Finn Wolfhard, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake, and thriller Finest Kind, where he co-stars with Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya.

More on this as it arrives.