Matt Bomer has his next gig lined up after he checks out of “American Horror Story: Hotel.” The actor has booked the leading role in an Amazon pilot, “The Last Tycoon.”
The period drama will be based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel of the same title, Deadline reports. Bomer will play leading man Monroe Stahr, a rising Hollywood studio executive in the 1930s whose mentor, Pat Brady, becomes his nemesis. Stahr and Brady are based on real-life MGM executives Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer, respectively. (A 1976 feature film adaptation of "The Last Tycoon," directed by Elia Kazan, starred Robert De Niro and Robert Mitchum.)
The supporting cast hasn’t been announced yet, but “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray will pen the pilot script as well as direct it and serve as executive producer. Christopher Keyser ("Party of Five") will be the showrunner for “The Last Tycoon,” which is from Sony’s TriStar Television.
Bomer is currently on FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” where he plays a vampire called Donovan. The scary drama has been renewed for a sixth season, but it isn’t clear if Bomber will return. Typically, Amazon shows are about 12 episodes, which would likely allow Bomer enough time to star on both series if the schedules align. Though “AHS” showrunner Ryan Murphy made it clear that he wants Bomer’s onscreen love interest, Lady Gaga, to return, he hasn’t been as vocal about the other cast members coming back.
Lady Gaga is so brilliant in AHS Season 5 that yesterday I officially asked her to join Season 6. Say yes @ladygaga!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) October 6, 2015
News of the former “White Collar” star’s “Last Tycoon” job comes after a joyous weekend. Bomer was spotted at his “Magic Mike” co-star Joe Manganiello’s wedding to "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara. Us Weekly reports that Bomer was smoking cigars and bowling with the groom.
“The Last Tycoon” does not have a premiere date yet.