Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Stephen King Partners with Irish Heavyweights
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.
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. ♦