The movie star, who is currently playing bad guy Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Netflix’s Daredevil series, is close to signing on as the car thief at the centre of the movie adaptation of the 1970s traffic cop drama.

Shepard and Michael Pena have already signed on to play police officers Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello in the film, which Shepard will direct.

The original series, which ran from 1977 to 1983, featured Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as Poncherello and Baker.