Billy Magnussen (Game Night) is set for a lead role in CBS All Access’ straight-to-series psychological thriller Tell Me a Story, from Kevin Williamson and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. In addition, Liz Friedlander (Conviction) has been tapped to direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
Written by Williamson, Tell Me a Story takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.
Magnussen will play Nick, a young high school teacher who’s handsome, seductive, and quite possibly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. After a wild night with a girl he met at a nightclub results in a hookup but no phone numbers swapped, he thinks his chances with her have gone out the window. But when he runs into her again, he’s sure to take advantage of his second chance, proving he’s sensitive, understanding… and, quite possibly, too good to be true.
Williamson executive produces with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Magnussen is currently in production on horror thriller Velvet Buzzsaw directed by Dan Gilroy. He’ll next be seen in a lead role opposite Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Cary Fukanaga’s Netflix limited series Maniac. He’ll also be seen in Ike Barinholtz’s independent feature The Oath, opposite Tiffany Haddish, and in the live action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin as Prince Anders, directed by Guy Ritchie. Magnussen, who received a Tony nomination for his role as Sigourney Weaver’s love interest in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Magnussen, is repped by WME, BRS/Gage Talent Agency, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Friedlander co-created, directed and executive produced Conviction for ABC. She also directed the first episode of ABC’s straight-to-series drama The Rookie and the Las Reinas pilot. Friedlander’s credits also include Jessica Jones, Stalker and The Following. She is repped by CAA and attorney Howard Abramson.