EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (A Private War) is set to star opposite lead Jessica Biel in Limetown, Facebook Watch’s 10-episode series based on the popular podcast. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Quantico), Emmy nominee Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale), John Beasley (Shots Fired) and Louis Ferreira (Netflix’s Travelers) also have been cast in the series which hails from Endeavor Content and Midnight Radio. Principal production began in Vancouver on Wednesday.
Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, creators of the Limetown podcast, will write the adaptation, which follows Lia Haddock (Biel), a journalist for American Public Radio (APR), as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.
Character details for the the other cast members weren’t revealed though I hear Tucci plays the leading series regular role of Lia’s (Biel) uncle. The other parts are believed to be recurring.
Biel executive produces via her Iron Ocean Productions banner alongside Michelle Purple as well as Akers and Bronkie. Midnight Radio’s Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will executive produce and showrun, with the company’s Adrienne Erickson producing. Endeavor Content is the studio.
Endeavor recently jumped into the growing podcast market with the launch of Endeavor Audio. Its inaugural slate includes a deal to monetize and distribute Season 2 of the Limetown podcast, which is produced by Two Up. Season 2, which premiered October 31, begins where the first season abruptly ends, diving into the minds of the individuals responsible for Limetown, its disappearance and subsequent cover up.
Tucci can currently be seen in A Private War starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan. His other film credits include the Hunger Games films series, Beauty and the Beast, Oscar-winning film Spotlight, and The Lovely Bones, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. In TV, he recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Feud on FX.
Matlin recently co-starred on the third season of ABC’s Quantico. Her other TV credits include Syfy’s The Magicians, ABC’s Switched at Birth and Fox’s Family Guy. She made her film debut in Children of a Lesser God, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Jenrette was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. Her other credits include CBS’ Grandfathered, Epix’s Graves, HBO’s Here and Now and Fox’s Pitched.
Beasley recently starred in Shots Fired on Fox and the HBO television movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks alongside Oprah Winfrey.
Ferreira’s recent credits include Netflix’s Travelers, Bad Blood, S.W.A.T., Breaking Bad and SGU Stargate Universe. He will next be seen in the fourth season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
Tucci is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Curtis Brown Group Ltd., Matlin is repped by Innovative Artists and Media Four; Jenrette is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates and Robyn Bluestone Management; Beasley is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Essential Talent Management; Ferreira is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Connekt Creative.