Manifesto has some new company. This week, Discovery announced Mark Duplass, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Bobb, Katja Herbers, and Brían F. O’Byrne have joined the upcoming TV series.
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.” Jane Lynch also stars.
From Discovery Channel:
(LOS ANGELES and SANTA MONICA) – Discovery Channel announced today that Mark Duplass (“Togetherness,” “Blue Jay”), Jeremy Bobb (“The Knick,” “Godless”), Lynn Collins (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), Katja Herbers (“Manhattan,” “The Leftovers”), and Brían F. O’Byrne (“Mildred Pierce,” “Aquarius”) have 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, portrayed by Paul Bettany (“Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world. Emmy(R) Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes (“Quarry,” “Banshee”) will executive produce, direct and serve as showrunner. Andrew Sodroski, whose “Holland, Michigan” topped Hollywood’s famed Black List for screenplays in 2013, created the series and serves as an Executive Producer. Jim Fitzgerald will serve as Consulting Producer.
Mark Duplass has been cast as David Kaczynski, Ted Kaczynski’s younger brother. He is joined by Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole, a seasoned FBI agent and Ackerman’s “foul-mouthed pit bull”; Lynn Collins playing Natalie, a post-doc in linguistics at Stanford; Katja Herbers as Linda, David Kaczinski’s wife; and Brian F. O’Byrne as Frank McAlpine, the FBI’s master profiler and Fitzgerald’s professor who leads the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
Discovery also recently announced Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch (“Glee,” “Hollywood Game Night”) will play the role of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Other cast includes Golden Globe(R) 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; and Oscar(R) nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Roadies,” “Game of Thrones”) as Tabby, a street agent who partners with Fitz. This series features both Bettany and Worthington’s first major leading roles on U.S. television.”
What do you think? Are you interested in the story of the Unabomber? Will you watch Manifesto?