Dopesick: Kaitlyn Dever Joins Michael Keaton in Hulu’s Limited Series
Golden Globe nominee Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable, Booksmart) has joined Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) in Hulu’s limited series Dopesick, according to Deadline. The project is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Beth Macy.
Dopesick, an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with Opioid addiction, takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of “one-percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.
After 13 years, Keaton returns to television as Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion, but finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma’s deadly secret.
Dever will play Betsy, a proud female coal miner and a patient of Keaton’s Dr. Finnix. They have a close relationship that is tested with the release of the new painkiller OxyContin.
Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass, The Batman) also joined the cast as a series regular and will play Rick Mountcastle, an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the Purdue Pharma case.
Dopesick is written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry Levinson. Executive producers for Dopesick include Strong, John Goldwyn (Dexter), Levinson, Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo, The Old Man), Beth Macy (Dopesick) and Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight). Dopesick is a production of FOX 21 Television Studios. Dopesick is set to premiere in 2021.
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