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FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Trailer: ‘Homeland’ Producer Drama Combs the Desert in Cryptic First Promo

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Much like last week's 'Justified' season 5 finale, a number of eyes will be on FX tonight for the Coen brothers-adapted premiere of 'Fargo,' so what better time to preview some summer wares? The first teaser-trailer for FX's 'Homeland'-produced Middle Eastern drama 'Tyrant' has arrived, but what does the cryptic desert promo reveal about the buzzworthy new drama?

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FX Middle Eastern Drama ‘Tyrant’ Ordered to Series from ‘Homeland’ Producers

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FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' may have taken one step closer to the grave with last night's season 6 finale "A Mother's Work," but the cable network has already taken steps to ensure its own buzzworthy future. Highly-sought Middle Eastern drama 'Tyrant' has been given an official series order, to debut in summer 2014.

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Casts Adam Rayner in the Lead, No More ‘The Saint’?

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FX's buzzworthy upcoming drama 'Tyrant' has made a few strong pushes in its casting thus far, but has finally elected its leader. UK actor Adam Rayner nabbed the main lead, the head of a family that finds itself embroiled in Middle Eastern politics, though Rayner's casting will likely take precedence over the actor's starring role in the proposed 'Saint' reboot.

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FX ‘Homeland’ Thriller ‘Tyrant’ Adds ‘Mob Doctor’ Jordana Spiro

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Yesterday brought the most recognizable casting yet for FX's forthcoming Middle Eastern thriller pilot 'Tyrant' in 'Weeds' star Justin Kirk, and today another TV-friendly face has joined the buzzworthy new series. Former 'My Boys' and brief 'Mob Doctor' star Jordana Spiro has been announced to join the cast in a role opposite Kirk, but as whom?

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‘Weeds’ Justin Kirk Joins FX Drama ‘Tyrant’ From ‘Homeland’ Creators

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For some time we've been hearing about 'Homeland' showrunner Howard Gordon's buzzworthy new FX drama pilot 'Tyrant,' initially set to be directed by Ang Lee until the 'Life of Pi' helmer bowed out for 'Harry Potter' vet David Yates, but now the Middle Eastern thriller has smoked out its most recognizable casting yet. 'Weeds' toker and 'Animal Practice' doc Justin Kirk has been added to the pilot in a major role, but as whom?

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’: Middle Eastern Drama From ‘Homeland’ Producers Casts First Leads

FX Tyrant Casting Mehdi Dehbi Moran Atias
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FX's buzzworthy Middle Eastern drama 'Tyrant' made a few waves recently when acclaimed 'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee dropped out of helming the pilot, only to be replaced with David Yates of the 'Harry Potter' franchise, but now some casting news has finally emerged from the series. Actors Mehdi Dehbi and Moran Atias ('Crash,' 'White Collar') have joined the series in regular roles, but what do they reveal about the 'Tyrant' story?

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’: ‘Harry Potter’ Director David Yates Steps in for Ang Lee

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Though yet to film, FX's upcoming terrorism pilot 'Tyrant' had already attained a significant amount of buzz even prior to hiring 'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to helm the pilot. Lee ultimately dropped out, but now 'Harry Potter' director David Yates has stepped in to guide the hotly-anticipated series by directing its pilot episode.

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FX’s ‘Tyrant’: Ang Lee Drops out of Directing the Pilot, Cites ‘Life of Pi’ Exhaustion

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While FX has several hot new properties in development, our most anticipated is 'Homeland' producer Howard Gordon's upcoming Middle Eastern drama 'Tyrant,' which was scheduled to have a pilot directed by 'Life of Pi' Oscar winner Ang Lee. Now, Lee has reportedly backed out of the project, but what does it say of 'Tyrant's future going forward?

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Ang Lee’ to Direct FX Pilot ‘Tyrant’ from ‘Homeland’ Producers

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Ang Lee certainly has the world at his feet after picking up a second Best Director win at the 84th annual Oscars for his adaptation of 'Life of Pi,' but his next project will prove a bit closer to home, so to speak. Lee will next take his directing talents to TV to direct the pilot episode of FX's buzz-worthy drama 'Tyrant,' developed by 'Homeland' producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, but what attracted Lee to the project? Get the inside scoop on 'Tyrant' inside!

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FX Buys ‘Homeland’ Producers Middle East Drama ‘Tyrant’

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'Homeland' won't be signing off for good any time soon, what with the truckload of Emmy accolades given for the first season, and the second's ratings recently overtaking 'Dexter,' but that isn't about to stop producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff from launching the next buzzy drama. The pair have teamed with FX and a former 'LOST' writer to develop 'Tyrant,' a new Middle Eastern intrigue drama that has all the executives excited. Who is the 'Tyrant,' and why will it have you talking?

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