NBC has ordered to series a thriller now called “The Player” (it was initially titled “Endgame”) which hails from the producers of “Leverage” and “The Blacklist, and stars Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes in what the network calls an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert (Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.

Snipes plays the highly intelligent, analytical, and unflappable “pit boss” of the game that Winchester’s character is caught up in.

The cast also includes Damon Gupton (who we last saw on the small screen in the WEtv Legal Thriller “The Divide,” which was canceled after 1 season last year. He also appeared in 4 episodes of Fox’s “Empire,” playing a Detective Calvin Walker) and Charity Wakefield.

John Rogers serves as writer and executive producer. John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri also executive produce.

Watching the just-released trailer below, I would’ve loved to see Snipes as the military operative, instead of the pit boss. He certainly has “action hero” the resume. Alas, that’s not the case, so we’ll just have to take what NBC has given us. I’ll still tune in and check out the series – as is customary, I’m good for at least the first 3 episodes, and if I’m hooked, I’ll continue watching.

By the way, NBC has set a Thursday night, 10pm slot for “The Player,” which will go head-to-head with “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC. Options, options, options… 

Worth noting – Wesley Snipes inked a first-look deal with the Sony Pictures Television earlier this year, which will see the actor develop and produce a diverse slate of projects, via his Maandi Media shingle.

Here’s the first trailer for “The Player,” which comes a day after NBC dropped trailers for its 2 new half-hour comedy series “Mr Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show,” which you can watch here if you missed them yesterday:

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