Richard Armitage to Star in New Harlan Coben Series 'The Stranger'

Richard Armitage is the latest big-name addition to Netflix, as he's cast in the new series The Stranger.

Deadline reports the Hobbit star will play Adam Price, whose perfect life is destroyed when a stranger sits next to him in a bar and tells him a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne.

An ever darker conspiracy will unfold over the course of eight episodes, something fans of last year's Safe starring Michael C. Hall and Amanda Abbington will recognize. That's because both series are based on books by thriller writer Harlan Coben, written by Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless), and made by the same production team.

"The Stranger was one of my most challenging novels and definitely the most twisted," Coben said in a statement. "When I wrote it, I never imagined that I’d be part of a dream team of extraordinary talent bringing it to life."

As for Richard, he was quoted as saying he could "barely contain [his] excitement" reading the script, calling it a "nail-biting thriller" with a "huge beating heart and a dash of social commentary for extra bite."

Cameras are expected to start rolling in March.

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