The 79-year-old American actor Larry Hagman, who previously starred as amoral oil baron JR Ewing, will reprise his most famous role for a TV remake of the 1980s soap, it has been announced.
The American actor Larry HagmanPhoto: GETTY
11:41AM GMT 02 Feb 2011
The pilot of the new Dallas, which has been commissioned by the American television network TNT, will also star two other original cast members, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray who return to play Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing.
The updated drama, written by Cynthia Cidre (who has previously written The Mambo Kings, starring Antonia Banderas, and Tara Road, starring Andie Macdowell), will focus on the next generation of Ewings – John Ross and Christopher Ewing – as they battle for control of the dynasty.
Other actors signed up to appear include Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) who will play John Ross, and Jordana Brewster (The Faculty, The Fast and the Furious).
The original series of Dallas ran for 357 episodes between 1978 and 1991.