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William Fichtner has landed a guest-starring role on USA’s Ryan Phillippe thriller Shooter, EW has learned exclusively.

Shooter follows Phillippe’s Bob Lee Swagger, a former Marine who has come out of seclusion to stop an assassination attempt on the president. But when Swagger’s former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps) solicits his expertise in a clandestine operation, Swagger becomes entangled in a disastrous operation with ties to his past.

The Prison Break alum, whose credits also include The Dark Knight and Independence Day: Resurgence, has been tapped to play Rathford O’Brien, a former marine who is the only expert marksman alive that Swagger respects, and perhaps the only one who might be as good as him. Since retiring from the Marines, Rathford has led a reclusive life, until Swagger seeks out his former mentor. But breaking through to the grizzled and guarded veteran will not be easy.

The show is based on the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact, as well as the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film Shooter. The series, produced by Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, is executive-produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, with a pilot written and produced by John Hlavin (The Shield). Phillippe is also a producer on the project.

The first season of Shooter, which also stars Shantel VanSanten, well debut July 19 at 10 p.m. ET on USA.


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