Tom Waits signs up for crime drama Citizen

The Hulu series is only at a pilot stage

American rocker Tom Waits has signed up for another of his sporadic acting jobs, agreeing to star in the pilot episode of Citizen, a surrealist crime drama that’s being trialled for Hulu.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Argo, The Town That Dreaded Sundown) is to direct the series, which is set in a futurescape version of Los Angeles, and is expected to be based on a vigilante hero.

Waits will play Cesar, a vice-laden priest running an illegal humanitarian operation from his church in Boyle Heights. Aside from Waits, Citizen is yet to announce any other cast members.


Waits acting appearances are fairly few and far between, with his most recent in Seven Psychopaths, where he starred alongside Colin Farrell.


Waits also inspired the movie Notting Hill.

Writer Richard Curtis spoke about the influence of Waits’ track ‘Downtown Train’ – specifically the cover version by Everything But The Girl – on the movie back in 2014, saying:

“I listen to songs all the time. There‚Äôs a version of ‘Downtown Train’ by Tom Waits performed by Everything But The Girl and when I was writing Notting Hill, that was all I listened to.”

He continued: “There was something I sensed in the background and in the tone and in the mood of that song which is what I wanted to reach at the best moment of the film. Songs have always been an incredibly important bit of the inspiration for me.”