Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Stephen King Partners with Irish Heavyweights

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
April / May 2017

Talk about scary talents. Brendan Gleeson is teaming up with Irish American TV legend David E. Kelley and horror god Stephen King for an upcoming mini-series.

David E. Kelley.

David E. Kelley.

The Dublin-born Gleeson, as well as English up-and-comer Harry Treadway, will star in Mr. Mercedes, a dark 10-episode drama that follows the murderous title character, who sends letters to a retired police detective bragging of his crimes and forcing the detective to return to solving crimes.

As the Hollywood Reporter noted, “Gleeson will play Detective Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is driven out of retirement after an old nemesis reappears.”

Treadway will portray a mentally unstable ice cream truck driver and information technology worker, a role that originally went to Anton Yelchin, who died tragically in an accident last June.

David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) will serve as writer and executive producer on Mr. Mercedes, which is set to air in 2018.

In a sign of just how radically the entertainment business is changing, Mr. Mercedes, with all of its big-name talent, will not air on a prestige cable or TV network, but instead on the Audience Network, a joint venture of AT&T and DirecTV. ♦

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

Weekly Comment:
Watch This Archive Footage of Maureen O’Hara’s Academy Awards Surprise

Maureen O’Hara has heard a banshee, played camogie, and more from a 1957 episode of “This Is Your...

More

Weekly Comment:
Preserving The Quiet Man Railway Station

In John Ford’s 1952 The Quiet Man, the introduction of Irish American lead character Sean Thorton, portrayed by...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood: John Cusack Scouts the North for Thomas Francis Meagher Film

Irish American John Cusack recently went on a secret movie mission to Belfast. Chicago native Cusack (Say Anything,...

More

Irish Eye on Hollywood: Colin Farrell is Beguiled

One of the more highly-anticipated dramas for this summer is Colin Farrell’s The Beguiled, hitting theaters in late...

More