Shalhoub will play Red Wheatus, who is described in press notes as “a hard-drinking, fun-loving Republican senator who has spent decades in Washington making deals, until a radical transformation turns him into a health-conscious extremist who would rather destroy the government than compromise.”
“We’re thrilled that Tony Shalhoub will be joining BrainDead,” the Kings said in a statement Thursday. “He’s funny, dramatic, subtle, and broad when he needs to be. To our minds, he can play anything. We were thinking of making the character a 12-year-old blind girl hunting for her mother in Belgium to see what he did with that.”
Shalhoub, 62, is best known for his work on TV’s Monk and Wings.