Michael Keaton having Company

Idea: Michael Keaton as a spy.

Keaton has joined the cast of The Company, a Cold War miniseries being developed by TNT, based on the novel by Robert Littell. Chris O'Donnell and Alfred Molina also star in the six-hour series, which is set to air in 2007.

Company traces 40 years in the life of the CIA during the Cold War. The script is being written by Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan and will be directed by Mikael Salomon, who helmed episodes of Band of Brothers and Alias.

Keaton came to fame as a wacky mortician who recorded ideas into his handheld tape reocrder in the 1982 comedy Night Shift. He went on to star in the hits Mr. Mom and Beetlejuice before landing the part of the caped crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman. Keaton reprised the role in the first sequel, Batman Returns.

Recently, Keaton starred in the supernatural thriller White Noise and the Lindsay Lohan vehicle Herbie Fully Loaded, and can be heard voicing a character in the Pixar animated film Cars.

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