Tom Waits can really do anything. He can sing, he can dance, he can bang shit like no other, and he can act. Over the years, he’s appeared in dozens of films and television shows, from serious dramas like Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes to more colorful fare like Mystery Men and Domino. Now, he’s set to return to the small screen for Hulu’s forthcoming supernatural series, Citizen.
From Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Citizen tells a hero origin story that blends “gritty vigilantism with “elements of magical realism,” according to Deadline. Waits is set to play a priest named Cesar, “a walking anachronism of virtue and vice,” who “runs a guerilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.” So, expect plenty of illustrious and rusty sermons.
Gomez-Rejon will direct the pilot and also serve as executive producer alongside Nicholas Schutt, Josh Pate, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Steve Golin. For a taste of Waits on the silver screen, check out a scene from Coppola’s 1983 cult classic Rumble Fish below. It’s pretty great.