Showtime Books Liev Schreiber For Drama Pilot

Schreiber will star in "Ray Donovan" from "Southland" creator Ann Biderman.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this month, Paul Bettany signed on to start in the Showtime pilot "Masters of Sex." And apparently, Bettany isn't the only film actor joining the network.

According to Deadline, Liev Schreiber has signed on to play the title character in "Ray Donovan," a new Showtime drama pilot. As portrayed by Schreiber, Ray Donovan works as a professional fixer for the rich and powerful in Los Angeles. Donovan has a reputation in Hollywood as being uniquely suited to solving problems confidentially. However, Donovan proves to be less successful in managing his family life.

"Ray Donovan" was created by Ann Biderman ("Southland"), who will also executive produce the potential series alongside Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff.

Among genre fans, Schreiber may best be known for playing Victor Creed in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Cotton Weary in the first three "Scream" films. However, Schreiber also has a number of films to his credit, including "Sphere," "A Walk on the Moon," "The Hurricane," "The Sum of All Fears" and the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate."

Although "Ray Donovan" would be Schreiber's first TV series as the lead character, Schreiber also had a memorable guest run on "CSI" for four episodes in 2007 as Michael Keppler, the temporary replacement for William Petersen's Gil Grissom. Schreiber also earned an Emmy nomination for playing Orson Welles in the TV movie "RKO 281."

If "Ray Donovan" goes forward as a series, it would likely debut in late 2012.