Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle has been tapped to star in the pilot House of Lies, a half-hour dark comedy based on the novel of the same name, the network announced Monday.

Based on Martin Kihn's tell-all House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, the project will star the 46-year-old Oscar-nominated actor as Marty, a cutthroat and successful consultant who uses any means necessary to procure information for his clients.

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"Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation," Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins said in a statement. "He also happens to be an extremely funny man. House of Lies is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him. Honestly, I would have been happy just to get his autograph."

The series will go into production in February. Matthew Carnahan created the series project (Dirt) and Jessica Borsicsky (FlashForward) is attached to executive produce.

Cheadle has starred in such films as Hotel Rwanda, The Rat Pack, Crash, Traffic and the Ocean's trilogy.