Ryan Phillippe Joins David E. Kelley’s PI Drama Series ‘The Big Sky’ On ABC

Ryan Phillippe has been tapped for a major role in The Big Sky, ABC’s straight-to-series drama created and executive produced by David E. Kelley. The project, based on The Highway, the first book in C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell series of novels, hails from A+E Studios, which will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television, part of Disney TV Studios.

Written by Kelley, The Big Sky is a procedural thriller in which private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

Phillippe will play Cody Hoyt, a well-meaning ex-cop turned private investigator working at his Helena, Montana, firm. Married to but separated from fellow ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, his life becomes complicated when he’s asked to help find his son’s missing girlfriend.

In The Big Sky, Phillippe joins previously announced John Carroll Lynch and Dedee Pfeiffer. The series is executive produced by Kelley, Box, Ross Fineman, Matthew Gross and Paul McGuigan, who also directs.

Phillippe is currently in production in a leading role in Justin Long’s feature-directorial debut, a comedy in which he stars opposite Melanie Lynskey and Judy Greer. Phillippe, who headlined the USA drama series Shooter, recently guest starred as himself on NBC’s Will & Grace revival. The actor, who recently signed with Gersh, is also repped by MGMT Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Ryan Phillippe Settles Assault Lawsuit With Ex-Girlfriend, Days Before Reese Witherspoon Was Set To Testify

Ryan Phillippe has reached a settlement with his ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt, who sued him in 2017 for allegedly kicking, punching and throwing her down the stairs.

Phillippe informed the court of the settlement in papers filed on Thursday, PEOPLE confirms. This brings the case to a close just days before a trial was set to start on Oct. 15. Phillippe’s attorneys state Oct. 4 as the day of the settlement. The case is set to be officially settled in January 2020.

Hewitt was 21 when she filed a civil suit in September 2017 against Phillippe, then 43, claiming he got violent after the pair had a fight in July 2017.
In court documents obtained by PEOPLE at the time, the model claimed that after a party that Phillippe had left because he was“being ignored [by Hewitt]”, she went to Phillippe’s house with a friend to pack up her things in the early hours of July 4, 2017, and a physical altercation ensued.

A spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed to PEOPLE that officers made a report into the alleged attack and granted Hewitt an emergency protective order. The order expired July 12, 2017.

However, a source close to the actor told PEOPLE at the time that “Ryan did not lay a hand on her. He wants to clear all of this up and he will.”

Phillippe, 45, later vehemently denied the allegations, both in a statement via his rep obtained by PEOPLE and on Twitter, where he wrote that he was “saddened and disgusted” by the accusations.

“Domestic violence is a very real and tragic issue faced by many women the world over and should never be used to vengefully slander or as a ploy for monetary gain,” he said.

“This is wrong. This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser’s allegations are false.”
Authorities closed the criminal investigation into the matter in September 2017.
“The City Attorney’s Office has deferred this matter following an investigation by the LAPD,” Frank Matelian, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, told PEOPLE. “After a thorough review, the matter was set for a City Attorney office hearing, during which both parties were present, detailed the incident, were advised on the law and given guidance as to how to avoid similar incidents in the future. No further action has been scheduled following our office hearing.”

Reese Witherspoon will testify in Ryan Phillippe trial

Reese Witherspoon will testify in her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe’s civil trial on domestic violence allegations.

The ‘Cruel Intentions’ actor is being sued for $1 million by his former girlfriend Elsie Hewitt, who alleged that in July 2017, he hit, kicked and punched her, picked her up “like a doll” and “threw [her] down a flight of stairs” and after he denied her allegations, the case will go to court next month.

According to ‘Entertainment Tonight’, Reese – who has Ava, 20, and Deacon, 15, with Ryan, as well as Tennessee, six, with current husband Jim Toth – is scheduled to give evidence at some point during the trial, which will begin on 15 October.

Earlier this week, court documents were revealed in which the 45-year-old actor – who also has Kai, eight, with former partner Alexis Knapp – claimed he was defending himself against Elsie.

The pair had gone to a party in Malibu, California, though Ryan didn’t want to, and the ‘Shooter’ star ended up leaving early and going home with another female companion.

Ryan was later awakened by loud noises after Elsie allegedly came into his house with a female friend at 2.30am and he grew concerned for the safety of his companion when she confronted him outside the bedroom.

The documents stated: “Phillippe was very concerned about the safety of his female house guest present in his bedroom, especially with a loud, angry, inebriated, and jealous Hewitt sensing another girl in Phillippe’s bedroom.

“Phillippe attempted to block Hewitt’s blows to his body, and frantically tried to impede Hewitt’s progress toward the bedroom.”

The actor insisted he never pushed Elsie down the stairs and claimed he picked her up and carried her to the staircase but slipped, causing her to fall back into his arms.

Ryan previously launched a lawsuit of his own against Elsie – who he dated from April to July 2018 – in response to her accusation he was violent towards her following an argument, in which he slammed the Guess model’s version of events as being completely “fabricated”, as he has claimed she broke into his home in a bid to “extort money”.

Ryan also claimed that Elsie was “extremely intoxicated” during the encounter.

The star feels “sickened” by the “false” domestic violence accusations made against him because he grew up around women and was an advocate for women’s rights.

‘Will & Grace’ adds Ryan Phillippe and Billie Lourd as guest stars for final season

Will and Grace are welcoming some new friends in their final season.

EW can exclusively reveal that Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies, Shooter) and Billie Lourd (American Horror Story, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) will be guest-starring in the upcoming final season of Will & Grace when it returns to NBC in 2020.

Phillippe will be playing himself, while Lourd will play Fiona, a character described by NBC as “an edgy, self-confident modern woman who’s outspoken and irreverent.” But it turns out Fiona has a special tie to the show.

On Thursday afternoon, Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick revealed on Instagram that Lourd’s character is the granddaughter of Bobbi Adler, who was played on the show by Debbie Reynolds, Lourd’s real-life grandmother.

“It’s Hollywood royalty on the Will & Grace stage this week,” Mutchnick wrote on his post. “I loved Debbie, I loved Carrie and I love this apple who did not fall far from her trees,” he said of Lourd.

Reynolds appeared as Grace’s mother, Bobbi Adler, on 10 episodes of the sitcom’s original run. Reynolds died in 2016 at age 84, just one day after the death of her daughter — Lourd’s mother — actress Carrie Fisher.

Phillippe Signs With Gersh

The ‘Shooter’ alum was previously at WME.

Ryan Phillippe has left WME for Gersh, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

He most recently starred as the titular military vet on the action drama Shooter, which ran on USA for three seasons, and also appeared this May on Netflix’s Historical Roasts as Julius Caesar.

Phillippe broke out big with several Young Hollywood hits in the late 1990s, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, 54 and especially 1999’s Cruel Intentions, playing Valmont opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Merteuil and Reese Witherspoon’s innocent Annette Hargrove. He later went on to star in such films as Antitrust, Gosford Park, Crash, Flags of our Fathers, Stop-Loss, MacGruber and The Lincoln Lawyer.

He made his debut at age 18 on One Life to Live, where he played Billy Douglas, the first openly gay teenager on scripted television. Twenty years later he took on his second series regular role with a major arc on season five of FX’s Damages, and followed that up as the suspect at the center of season one of ABC’s mystery anthology Secrets and Lies.

Phillippe continues to be represented by MGMT and Sloane Offer.