David Fincher's Netflix Drama 'Mind Hunter' Finds Its Star

'Lights Out' alum Holt McCallany joins 'Fringe's' Anna Torv and 'Looking's' Jonathan Groff.
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Holt McCallany is on the case for Netflix and David Fincher.

The Lights Out and Gangster Squad alum has been tapped to topline the streaming giant's Mind Hunter drama series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The casting serves as a reunion for Fincher and McCallany after the actor previously appeared in the prolific producer's features Fight Club and Alien 3.

The project is based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshanker. While specific details about the drama are being kept under wraps in typical Fincher fashion, the series is said to revolve around two FBI agents in 1979 who interview serial killers in an effort to help them solve current murders. McCallany will play Bill Tench, the inquisitive, skilled and forward-thinking detective. He joins a cast that also includes Fringe alum Anna Torv as Wendy, a psychologist, and Jonathan Groff (Looking) as Holden, one of the special agents.

Originally developed at HBO via Fox 21, Mind Hunter hails from Fincher as well as Charlize Theron's Denver and Delilah banner. Joe Penhall (The Road) will pen the script with Dexter grad Scott Buck. Buck is set to serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Penhall, Fincher and Theron.

For McCallany, the role marks his return to TV following CBS' short-lived Golden Boy. His credits include FX's critical darling but little-watched boxing drama Lights Out as well as features Concussion, Sully, Monster Trucks, The Perfect Guy, Vantage Point, Alpha Dog and the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. He is repped by APA, Atlas Artists and attorney Rick Genow.

Netflix and reps for McCallany declined comment.

Mind Hunter marks Fincher's (House of Cards) transition back to Netflix, where he has been granted autonomy after experiencing creative challenges with two projects at HBO.

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