Jane Lynch is headed to Discovery. Recently, the network announced the Glee star will star in the upcoming TV series Manifesto.
The scripted drama tells “the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.”
Lynch will play former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno on Manifesto. The Discovery Channel series is slated to start production at the end of January.
Read more details below:
(LOS ANGELES) – Discovery Channel announced today that Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch (“Glee,” “Hollywood Game Night”) has been cast in its upcoming highly-anticipated scripted series MANIFESTO, set to air this year. Produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Trigger Street Productions and Discovery Channel, the series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”, “Hacksaw Ridge”) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany, “Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.
Production starts in Atlanta on January 30, 2017. Emmy(R) Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes (“Quarry,” “Banshee”) will executive produce, direct and serve as showrunner. Andrew Sodroski, who topped Hollywood’s famed Black List for screenplays in 2013 with “Holland, Michigan,” created the series and serves as an Executive Producer. Jim Fitzgerald will serve as Consulting Producer.
Lynch has been cast as former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. At 57 years old, Reno was the first woman to serve as Attorney General, a true public servant and a woman of great character and resolve. Every major case in the country came across her desk, and there was no bigger one than the hunt for the Unabomber. Lynch’s Reno will play opposite Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth (“The Good Wife,” “Sex In The City”), who plays Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervised the Unabomber Task Force.
Lynch also joins Sam Worthington (Mel Gibson’s critically-acclaimed “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Avatar”) playing Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, one of the most decorated profilers in the history of the bureau, whose radical approach to intelligence gathering ultimately took Kaczynski down; Paul Bettany (“Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”) as Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”; and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Roadies,” “Game of Thrones”) as Tabby, a street agent who partners with Fitzgerald. This series features both Bettany and Worthington’s first major leading roles on U.S. television.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Jane Lynch? Will you watch Manifesto?