Author Stephen King is everywhere these days — on the big screen and TV — with multiple adaptations of his writings in the works.
His eight-part dark fantasy series The Dark Tower is being made into a feature film, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hitting theaters this summer. Then there’s a spin-off TV series planned to cover the material told across numerous books and comics, also starring Elba. We already saw King’s 1986 horror novel It made into a TV series in 1990, and it’s getting a revival this year. This time around it’s heading to the big screen, with Bill Skarsgård taking over the role of the bloodthirsty Pennywise (originally played by Tim Curry).
And now, his 2014 detective novel Mr. Mercedes is being made into a 10-part series, set to air on AT&T’s Audience Network. Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Suffragette) takes on the lead role of retired police detective Bill Hodges. Hodges is being taunted with a series of letters and emails sent from a demented killer, who refers to himself simply as “Mr. Mercedes.” Rather than turning the communication over to the police, Hodges is compelled to look into it himself.
Harry Treadaway, who we know as Dr. Frankenstein from Penny Dreadful, takes on the title role.
You can also look for other familiar faces, like Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson, Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Detective Peter Dixon, Robert Stanton (Jason Bourne) as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher and Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson.
So will the show be worth a look? Definitely. In an interesting twist, the writer for this straight-up detective thriller is David E. Kelley, who’s best-known for gentle comedy hits like Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and The Practice. He talked about the stellar cast for Mr. Mercedes, saying, “To be able to work with an ensemble of such high caliber actors, led by Brendan Gleeson…this is such a privilege,” reports Deadline.
We can expect Mr. Mercedes in 2018.
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