12:23pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Ann-Margret Joins Audience Network's 'Mr. Mercedes' Series (Exclusive)
Ann-Margret is headed to AT&T Audience Network.
The two-time Oscar nominee has joined David E. Kelley's forthcoming Mr. Mercedes series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on Stephen King's 2014 book of the same name, Mr. Mercedes follows a demented killer (Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Ann-Margret will play will play Ida Silver, the next-door neighbor of Gleeson's Det. Bill Hodges. Ida doesn't miss much and is a real piece of work: prickly, outspoken, self-serving, intimidating and vulnerable. She joins a cast that also includes Kelly Lynch (Magic City).
Kelley will serve as showrunner on the series, which is being produced by Sonar Entertainment. Jack Bender (Lost) is set to direct. The duo will executive produce with Temple Hill Entertainment's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Mr. Mercedes is slated for a 2018 debut on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.
The adaptation received a straight-to-series order in May with Gleeson and the late Anton Yelchin attached. Following Yelchin's passing, Treadaway came aboard the project in October.
Best known for film roles such as Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Tommy and Grumpy Old Men, Ann-Margret's TV credits include Ray Donovan, CSI and Law & Order: SVU, for which she won an Emmy. She is repped by ICM and AM Productions & Management.