It was in 2004 when IS alum Noah Wyle made his debut as Flynn Carsen aka The Librarian, first in a trilogy of TNT films and then with a recurring role on the 2014 series directed by Rebecca Romijn. So for him to join IMDb TVs Leverage: Redemption , who love the Librarian franchise is exec-produced by Dean Devlin, represented a seemingly inevitable “crossing of the streams”.
“Dean Devlin produced The librarian, it was much of the same crew, and Christian [Kane] was in the librarians with me, so it was really like Dean has had two rock bands in the last 20 years,” Wyle explains. “I played in a, [Leverage star] Gina [Bellman] played in the other, and then we decided to form a supergroup. That’s how it felt. Like, “Oh, I know your songs, and you know some of mine,” and we built a new set list. It felt very familiar.”
Still, Wyle had some trepidation about joining the well-oiled Leverage crew for IMDb TV’s revival series that premieres on Friday, July 9 (featuring the first eight of 16 episodes).
Heading into the first read-through with the cast, “I was so nervous, I was wearing two different shoes,” -- Wyle reveals with a hearty laugh. “I couldn’t figure out which pair to wear so I did one of each to see what they looked like and then I walked out the front door. I went to the studio and looked down and said, ‘Oh my God…’”
In Leverage: RedemptionWyle plays Harry Wilson, the powerful lawyer/repairer for opioid titan Fletcher Maxwell (Bosch‘s Reed Diamond). When Harry decides he can no longer look the other way, as Maxwell behaves deplorably and does not consider those he hurts along the way, his path crosses that of Sophie Devereaux, Eliot Spencer et al.
“There’s an adage when you start acting that you don’t play the bad guy like he thinks he’s a bad guy,” Wyle says. “Well, this is a villain who really didn’t know he was a villain. He was so focused on his own expertise that he didn’t really understand what his skills were encouraging these other people to go ahead and do, and suddenly he has this epiphany and realizes that his success has been responsible for all these atrocities that have occurred. ”