Justin Kirk

Justin Kirk is heading back to cable TV.

The Weeds alum will star in the upcoming FX pilot Tyrant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Kirk will play John Tucker, a sexy and mysterious American diplomat with a mysterious agenda.

The project hails from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, and writer/producer Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, Lost). David Yates will direct the pilot.

Following his eight-year stint on Weeds, Kirk most recently starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Animal Practice.