Don Cheadle to lead Quibi sci-fi drama Don’t Look Deeper
After leaving the TV world for a few years to focus on his work with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Don Cheadle (House of Lies) is heading back to the small screen industry once again for the upcoming sci-fi drama Don’t Look Deeper at the new short-form streaming service Quibi, according to Variety.
The series, created by Jeffrey Lieber (Lost) who will also executive produce and showrun, follows a high school senior in Merced, CA, in a world fifteen minutes into the future who can’t seem to shake the feeling she’s not human, with the revelation setting into motion events that puts her life in jeopardy.
Though his role is currently being kept under wraps, Cheadle is joining a cast that also includes Emily Mortimer, best known for her roles in the acclaimed HBO political drama The Newsroom, the 2008 thriller Transsiberian and 2018’s long-awaited Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns. The two are also joined by Helena Howard, the breakout star of the acclaimed drama Madeline’s Madeline.
Don’t Look Deeper will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), who will also executive produce the project alongside Kathleen Grace, Laura Schwarrtz, Jed Weintrob, Julina Tatlock and Charlie McDonnell, who will also help write.
Cheadle got his start with supporting roles in films including the acclaimed 1987 war drama Hamburger Hill, 1997’s disaster hit Volcano and 1998’s crime comedy Out of Sight before landing bigger roles in the acclaimed 2000 crime drama Traffic, 2004’s historical drama Hotel Rwanda, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, and Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy.
He would go on to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Colonel James Rhodes, taking over the role from Terrence Howard (Empire) in Iron Man 2 and appearing all the way through Avengers: Endgame, while also leading Showtime’s acclaimed comedy series House of Lies until its end in 2016 and returning to the small screen for Black Monday, which recently received a second season order from Showtime.
The streaming service, founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, is set to feature series that run two to four hours in length and are broken down into parts that are no longer than 10 minutes in length and is set to launch on April 6, 2020.
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