Paul Adelstein (Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce, Scandal ) is set to co-star opposite Hugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol in Hulu’s drama series Chance. The project is from author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, producer Michael London and Fox 21 TV Studios.
Adelstein will film Chance concurrently with Fox’s Prison Break event series where he is reprising his role as Paul Kellerman from the original series.
Chance, which has a two-season, 20-episode straight-to-series order for a late 2016 premiere, is based on Nunn’s novel. It is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient, Jaclyn Blackstone (Mol), who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse Raymond Blackstone (Adelstein), who also happens to be a ruthless police detective.
Adelstein’s Blackstone is a crooked, ruthless, dangerously well-connected and surprisingly articulate Oakland homicide detective. His life is a balancing act — he works to solve murder cases while at the same time sex-trafficking young women through the massage parlors he runs with the help of thuggish Romanian henchmen. His greatest and maybe his only weakness is his wife. And the fact she knows his secrets is far from the only reason he will — and probably already has — killed for her.
Also co-starring in the series are LisaGay Hamilton, Greta Lee and Stefania LaVie Owen. Nunn and Cunningham wrote the TV adaption of Nunn’s novel and executive produce, with Cunningham serving as showrunner. Abrhamson will executive produce and direct several episodes.
For the past two seasons, Adelstein co-starred on Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce. He has fulfilled his obligation on the show, but his storyline was left open-ended, so he could potentially return for a guest-starring stint if the show is renewed for a third season.
While on Girlfriend’s Guide, Adelstein wrote two episodes of the dramedy toplined by Laurie’s House co-star Lisa Edelstein and went on to co-create and executive produce with Adam Brooks My So-Called Wife for Bravo, which was recently picked up to series. The Private Practice alum, who also has been recurring on ABC’s Scandal for Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes, is repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.