By Dan Snierson
Updated January 11, 2016 at 07:11 PM EST
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Bill Hader played a police captain in the season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but now he’ll be on the wrong side of the law.

HBO has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot starring the SNL vet as a non-elite hitman, the network confirmed on Monday. Barry centers on a lonely, disillusioned ex-Marine (Hader) who has been toiling in the Midwest doing low-profile dirty work. He heads to California on assignment to kill someone but “ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.”

Silicon Valley exec producer Alec Berg is co-writing and executive-producing the pilot with Hader, who will direct as well.

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Hader, who starred last year in last summer’s big-screen comedy Trainwreck, will be back in theaters this summer in the Steven Spielberg-directed The BFG. He also has signed on to star in Empress of Serenity, which was inspired by David Foster Wallace’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”

Barry isn’t his only small-screen project; he’s a co-creator/co-writer/star of IFC’s faux-documentary series Documentary Now!, which was renewed for two seasons.

Deadline first reported the news.


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