12:31pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg, Borys Kit
Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette to Star in Ben Stiller's Showtime Prison Escape Drama
Showtime is lining up a trio of big stars for a true-crime drama.
The network is teaming with Ben Stiller for Escape at Clinton Correctional, a limited series based on the 2015 prison escape in upstate New York. Sources say Stiller is attached to direct all eight episodes of the project, in which Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette are currently in negotiations to star.
The series will tell the real-life story of Richard Matt and David Sweat, two inmates who were discovered missing at the maximum security Clinton Correction Facility in New York after being aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.
Del Toro will play Matt, while Arquette will portray Tilly Mitchell, who supervises the prison tailor shop. Sweat's casting is expected to be announced shortly.
Escape at Clinton Correctional will be written and executive produced by Mad Men's Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin (The Player), who met while working as writers on Showtime's Ray Donovan. Johnson and Tolkin will also executive produce alongside Bryan Zuriff (Steve Jobs), Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey) via Michael De Luca Productions and Nicky Weinstock for Stiller's Red Hour Productions.
Arquette won an Academy Award for her performance in Boyhood and will next be seen opposite Rainn Wilson in the indie comedy Permanent. She is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Del Toro is reprising his role in the Sicario sequel Soldado, and is also set to play the villain in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and return in Avengers: Infinity War. He is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Stiller, for his part, has directed Zoolander and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, among other films. He currently is producing The Eggplant Emoji, a dark comedy for Netflix. Stiller is repped by WME and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.