Sebastian Stan has been tapped to star opposite Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar"), Carla Gugino (Broadway's "Road to Mecca," "Watchmen," "American Gangster," "Entourage"), James Wolk ("Lonestar," "Happy Endings") and Brittany Ishibashi ("Parenthood," FAIRLY LEGAL) in USA Network's provocative six-hour original series POLITICAL ANIMALS, from Warner Horizon Television. Slated for the network's blockbuster summer lineup, the event drama comes from acclaimed television and film producers Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Everwood") and Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls," "Julie & Julia," "Jerry Maguire").
Stan starred in The First Avenger: Captain America film as Bucky Barnes in 2011. He also appeared in 2011's Dark Castle and had a supporting role in the Anne Hathaway drama Rachel Getting Married. In 2007, the actor starred alongside Liev Schreiber in Talk Radio on Broadway. On TV, Stan played Carter Baizen in The CW's hit series Gossip Girl and appeared in the drama series Kings in which he portrayed Prince Jack Benjamin.
In POLITICAL ANIMALS, Stan will star as Thomas "T.J." Hammond, the son of former First Lady/newly appointed Secretary of State Elaine Barrish (Weaver) and her ex-husband, the former President Bud Hammond. A lost soul who struggles with addiction, T.J. is the polar opposite of his brother, Douglas (Wolk), who serves as their mother's chief of staff.
Pulling back the curtain on persuasive public speeches and stirring campaign ads, the fictional look at a former first family exposes a dynasty weakened by political ambition, lust and greed. In the wake of a recent divorce from her philandering ex-husband - who is still as much in love with her as with the office he once held - and the loss of the presidential nomination, Barrish attempts to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with crises of the State Department and the hungry DC journalist (Gugino) bent on destroying her career. Ishibashi stars as Douglas' fiancée, Anne Ogami.