Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton has signed on to star in Hulu’s eight-episode restricted collection Dopesick, which issues the opioid disaster ravaging America.
Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) will direct from a script by Emmy winner Danny Strong (Game Change), who tailored Beth Macy‘s bestselling guide of the identical identify. Levinson, Strong, Macy and Keaton will government produce Dopesick alongside John Goldwyn (Dexter), Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight), and the collection hails from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Littlefield Company. The present is anticipated to premiere on Hulu in 2021.
Hulu describes Dopesick as “an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. The show takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing but deeply human portraits of the assorted affected households and their intersecting tales maintain up a mirror to the place America is true now, whereas shining a hopeful mild on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American historical past.”
Keaton, who hasn’t had a serious TV position since TNT’s 2007 miniseries The Company, will play Samuel Finnix, an old-school physician who approaches his observe with kindness and compassion, however finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma’s lethal secret.
“Danny’s unflinching and deeply compelling take on America’s opioid crisis will bring to life one of the most important stories impacting our culture,” mentioned Hulu’s Craig Erwich.
“Although we were sharply aware of and empathetic to the horrifying pain caused by the opioid crisis for millions in this country, we were blown away when Warren Littlefield showed us Beth Macy’s book Dopesick. Consequently, Danny Strong had been crafting his own telling of the opiate epidemic and in typical Danny form, it was mesmerizing. We have every reason to believe this important story will be one of the TV events of the coming year,” mentioned Fox 21 president Bert Salke.
“I’m so thrilled to tell this story with a company as bold and as daring as Hulu. The opioid crisis is one of the most important stories of our time and I’m honored to not only pay tribute to its victims but to shine a light on the heroes that fought back. Laws were broken and many lies were told. The system failed us and Dopesick is going to show everyone how it all happened,” added Strong.
While none of Hulu’s new reveals have been up my alley, the streamer is actually on a roll between High Fidelity, Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People and The Great. Hulu additionally has the Nicole Kidman–Melissa McCarthy collection Nine Perfect Strangers on the horizon together with a restricted collection adaptation of the favored podcast The Dropout, which is able to star Kate McKinnon as disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes.
Anecdotally, I’ve heard some very attention-grabbing names being thought of for Dopesick. Some high-profile actors have already come and gone, however with Keaton now firmly onboard, count on him to be a expertise magnet within the coming weeks. The 68-year-old actor earned his first Oscar nomination for his lead position in 2014’s Birdman, and adopted it up with an acclaimed efficiency in Spotlight — which received back-to-back Oscars for Best Picture. Keaton will quickly be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sony’s Marvel film Morbius, and Martin Campbell’s motion thriller The Asset. Click right here to look at Keaton’s cameo within the Morbius trailer, which signifies a hyperlink to the bigger MCU.