Holt McCallany has been cast as the lead in Mindhunter, Netflix’s crime drama series executive produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, sources said. This marks a second series starring role for McCallany, following his well received performance on FX’s boxing drama Lights Out, and a reunion with Fincher, his director in Alien3 and Fight Club.
Written by playwright Joe Penhall and Scott Buck, Mindhunter is based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, which goes behind the scenes of some of Douglas’ highest-profile cases, including the man who hunted prostitutes in Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer.
Set in 1979, the TV series centers on the inquisitive and skilled FBI Agent Bill Tench (McCallany). Along with fellow serial killer investigator in the behavioral science unit, FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Tench interviews serial killers to help them solve current murders. Co-starring in the series is Anna Torv as a psychologist. Reps for Netflix and McCallany had no comment.
McCallany will next be seen in Jack Reacher 2, Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Monster Trucks opposite Rob Lowe and Lucas Till. He is repped by APA, Dave Fleming at Atlas Artists, and attorney Rick Genow.