Waits, who last appeared in “Seven Psychopaths” in 2012, has signed on to film the pilot of the supernatural show, which is a hero origin story set in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He plays a priest named Cesar who runs a guerrilla humanitarian organisation with “questionable legality” from his church in the working-class neighbourhood of Boyle Heights.
The pilot for the drama, which mixes “magical realism” with “gritty vigilantism”, will be directed by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl moviemaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Forrest Goodluck, who played Leonardo DiCaprio’s son in “The Revenant”, will also star alongside Spanish actor Alex Gonzalez and relative newcomer Augusto Aguilera.
Waits, 66, is best known for his long-running music career, which began in the 1970s, but he has dabbled in acting occasionally with roles in “The Book of Eli”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and “Domino.”