Tom Waits next project revealed

He will play a priest in a new TV series, Citizen

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Tom Waits is to star in a new TV series, Citizen.

The show will air on the streaming service Hulu, according to Deadline.

The series is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.


Waits is set to play the role of a priest named Cesar. At his church in Boyle Heights, he runs a guerrilla humanitarian operation, which is described as “legally dubious”.

The series is reportedly as an original interpretation on the hero origin story, combining elements of “magical realism” and “gritty vigilantism”, taking place in eastern Los Angeles.

Waits is no stranger to acting, of course, having appeared in projects as diverse as Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee And Cigarettes. Here he is in the Jarmusch film, with Iggy Pop.

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