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FX's 'The Bridge' Upcoming Premiere Hyped by Asperger's Consultant

Tune in Wednesday, July 10th at 10pm EST for the premiere of FX's new series 'The Bridge.' One of the main characters, played by Diane Kruger, has Asperger's Syndrome. Diane opens up to 'The Hollywood Reporter' about her role in the series here.

The Bridge is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he’s one of the last good men in the department. To continue reading about the series, visit here.

This blog post is by Alex Plank, founder of and acts as a consultant for 'The Bridge' team. 

My role as consultant for The Bridge on FX, a new show starring Diane Kruger as a female detective on the autism spectrum, started in March when I got a call from FX President and Autism Speaks board member Chuck Saftler. He asked me some questions about autism and how it would relate to a character in this new show they were about to start production on, based on a Swedish/Danish coproduction (also titled The Bridge).

I was invited to a couple meetings with the creators and with Diane, where we discussed ideas for the character and for the show relating to autism. The meetings were great and everyone was receptive to my input. Consequently, I was hired as an on-set consultant and have been on set during the filming of every scene in which Diane's character Sonya appears.

My job is to feed the writers ideas and inspirations for Sonya in addition to working with Diane and directors to develop her character in a manner that stays true to her autism. For instance, Diane and I have worked on developing stims that Sonya will display in stressful situations. I've also worked with the writers to help create situations in which Sonya's autism plays a role in the story. When you watch the show, see if you can notice these "autism moments" throughout the season!

The first episode airs this Wednesday (the 10th) at 10pm on FX! Be sure to tune in!

Diane Kruger and Alex having fun on set!

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