Stephen King series ‘The Outsider’ expands cast
With Ben Mendelsohn already installed as the miniseries’ lead, nearly a dozen other names have joined the cast of HBO’s Stephen King horror adaptation “The Outsider”, including Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham and Paddy Considine.
Emmy winner and BAFTA nominee Cynthia Erivo of “Widows”, “Bad Times at the El Royale” and Broadway revival “The Color Purple” is among the expanded cast for HBO miniseries “The Outsider”.
Stephen King’s original novel, published May 2018, starts off as a crime mystery but eventually veers into the horror territory that King is well known for.
It follows an apparently straightforward if not thoroughly shocking criminal case brought against a local teacher and baseball coach.
However, in pursuing bulletproof evidence of the suspect’s whereabouts during a critical period of time, law enforcement uncovers something far more disturbing.
Ben Mendelsohn had already been brought in to drive the case as police detective Ralph Anderson.
He’s now joined by Cynthia Erivo as private investigator Holly Gibney, Julianne Nicholson (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Mercy Maitland, wife of the accused, and Bill Camp (“The Night Of”) as the prime suspect’s friend and attorney, Howie Gold.
There’s Mare Winningham of “American Horror Story” as Jeannie Anderson and Erivo’s fellow Brit, Paddy Considine from “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Peaky Blinders” season 3, as a key eyewitness.
Among other newly announced cast members are Yul Vazquez (“Narcos: Mexico”), involved as a State Police detective, and Marc Menchaca (“Ozark”, “The Sinner” season 2, “Homeland” season 1 and 2,) who plays Anderson’s police department rival.
Continuing the “Ozark” connection, Jason Bateman will direct the first two episodes of “The Outsider”. JB