The miniseries features Brendan Gleeson — who played “Mad-Eye” Moody in the Harry Potter adaptations — as retired detective Bill Hodges. Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) plays his antagonist, the murderous Brady Hartsfield:
Released in 2014 as the first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Mr. Mercedes tells the story of psychopathic murderer Hartsfield who commits a horrific crime and then taunts retired police detective Hodges through letters and emails until the ex-cop is drawn out of retirement. Hodges, along with a ragtag group of unlikely sidekicks, goes on a manhunt in a race against time to catch the killer before he strikes again.
Additional casting for Mr. Mercedes includes Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson, Robert Stanton (Mercury Rising) as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher, Scott Lawrence (Avatar) as Detective Peter Dixon, and Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler) as Olivia Trelawney. Also in the also in the cast are Kelly Lynch (Charlie’s Angels) as Deborah Hartsfield, Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) as Ida Silver, and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson:
USA Today also shared a teaser of Mr. Mercedes, featuring both King himself and some exciting scenes from the series. “It’s Stephen King writing about the monsters inside the people,” director and executive producer Jack Bender says in the teaser. “It gets pretty dark and out there.” Check it out below:
It’s a busy year for Stephen King fans. In addition to Mr. Mercedes, there is a TV series planned for his novella The Mist, and Hulu is producing Castle Rock, a Hulu series based on the fictional town where many of King’s novels are set. There are also film adaptations coming later this year of The Dark Tower, It, and Gerald’s Game.
The 10-episode series Mr. Mercedes is scheduled to premiere August 9 on the AT&T Audience Network.
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