What do you get if you add together the director of 2016’s The Neon Demon, the star of 2016’s War Dogs, and the streaming platform that delivered The Man In The High Castle and Transparent? Too Old To Die Young – Nicolas Winding Refn’s first return to episodic television drama in ten years. Having previously cut his teeth on two episodes of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, the writer-director will now apply his carefully crafted aesthetic to a television show of his own creation.
Too Old To Die Young is intended to chart the “existential journey” from killer to samurai, with Miles Teller now cast as a grieving Los Angeles Police Department officer. The tale will see him caught up in a murky, criminal underworld filled with cartels, Mafioso, and ambitious teens, as everyone tries to service their own agenda. The show is co-written by Refn and Ed Brubaker (Westworld), and Refn is set to direct every episode – creating something that should hang together consistently, like a giant movie.
It’s not yet known how many episodes of Too Old To Die Young there will be, nor indeed whether it’s conceived specifically as one season, or whether it might have the potential for more. It’s currently earmarked for release on Amazon during 2018, though, so we can expect to hear more casting announcements over the coming months. Having already attracted a high profile name like Miles Teller, there’s a significant possibility of further notable performers joining the cast. Christina Hendricks, for example, starred in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and The Neon Demon – so this could well mark her return to television, if cast. As anticipation around this project is already high, we will be watching closely for further updates.