“The Art of More” puts a face to the phrase “soldier of fortune”—and it is definitely worth a look.
Crackle has released a new trailer for its first original scripted drama series that shows the origins of soldier-turned-hustling-executive Graham Connor, played by Christian Cooke.
The series’ 10 hour-long episodes premiere Nov. 19 on the streaming service. After watching the first episode, I’m ready to see more if only because the series, which is created by Chuck Rose, plunges viewers into a world that hasn’t been explored much on TV.
As Crackle says, the series “explores the underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses filled with hustlers, smugglers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and the bizarre.”
Kate Bosworth as Roxanna Whitman in Crackle’s “The Art of More.” (Jan Thijs/Crackle)
Samuel Brukner (Dennis Quaid) and Roxanna Whitman (Kate Bosworth) party in Crackle’s “The Art of More.” (Crackle)
Graham Connor (Christian Cooke) talks with Roxanna Whitman (Kate Bosworth) in Crackle’s “The Art of More.” (Philippe Bosse/Crackle)
Samuel Brukner (Dennis Quaid) woos his guests in Crackle’s “The Art of More.” (Philippe Bosse/Crackle)
It follows Connor as he goes from a soldier smuggling artifacts out of Iraq to becoming an executive at a top New York auction house. The former Brooklynite might have shed his blue collar roots to rub shoulders with the rich and powerful, but he’s willing to break some rules to make a deal.
Executive producer Dennis Quaid also stars as real estate shark Samuel Brukner, a Machiavellian master of money and power who is one part charm and one part intimidation. He is the life of the party but when it comes to his money, he can be both ruthless and corrupt.
Kate Bosworth portrays Roxanna Whitman, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.
Cary Elwes is Arthur Davenport, a shrewd and eccentric world-class collector of art and illegal antiquities who mentors Connor.
Other executive producers include Gardner Stern (“NYPD Blue,” “Law and Order”), Laurence Mark (“Jerry Maguire,” “Dreamgirls”), Gary Fleder (“The Shield”) and Tamara Chestna.