NBC’s “The Blacklist” Star James Spader Almost Didn’t Star In The Series

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When you think of “The Blacklist”, you think of James Spader. There’s no Blacklist without him so to hear the news that Spader was nearly not even on the cast shocked us!!

“The Blacklist” creators didn’t know he’d be joining the series as Red Reddington until the last minute.

According to Variety, Spader agreed to the part a three days before production began on the pilot.

The creator of the series shared that it was hard casting the role because of Reddington complexity.

The creator shared:

“It’s hard for me to believe that he’s never played a master criminal before because he has the ability to be mysterious, dangerous, and mischievous, in a way that seems perfectly suited to playing someone where you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I feel like we were incredibly lucky, in that James Spader, as an actor, fit so perfectly with the character that was written.”

We’re happy the show went with Spader!

The Blacklist stars James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Laura Sohn and Harry Lennix. The story begins as one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader), offers to help the authorities if a specific rookie agent, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), partners with him. As season nine begins, it’s two years since the death of Elizabeth and Red and the members of the FBI Task Force have disbanded. When one of their own is injured in the line of duty, however, the Task Force is drawn back together to bring down a conspiracy that could shatter global security. In the process, they begin to uncover lethal adversaries, unimaginable conspiracies, and surprising betrayals that will threaten alliances and spur vengeance for the past, led by the most devious criminal of them all Raymond Reddington. The series was renewed for a Season 10.

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