9:30am PT by Kate Stanhope
Discovery's Unabomber Drama Adds Brian D'Arcy James, Elizabeth Reaser (Exclusive)
Discovery's Unabomber drama continues to add to its ensemble.
Brian D'Arcy James, Elizabeth Reaser and Trieste Kelly Dunn have signed onto the anthology series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Manhunt: The UNABOMer, formerly titled Manifesto, is an eight-episode series centered on the hunt for Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), who terrified the nation with a letter bombing campaign in the 1980s and early 1990s. According to Discovery, the new title reflects the name given by the original task force created by the FBI and ATF to investigate the “UNABOM” case, a combination of the words “University” and “Airline BOMber.”
James will play Henry Murray, a professor of Kaczynski’s at Harvard University, who convinced his young students to participate in mind-control experiments supervised by the CIA. It's believed that these sessions, which were psychologically brutal and lasted for almost a year, were responsible for effectively weaponizing Kaczynski. James' credits include Spotlight, Smash, The Big C and Netflix's upcoming 13 Reasons Why. He is repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment.
Dunn will play Theresa Oakes, a librarian at the Lincoln Public Library in Montana, who befriended Kaczynski and engaged him to tutor her 11-year-old son in math. Best known for her roles in Blindspot, Banshee and United 93, she is repped by Innovative Artists and Liebman Entertainment.
Reaser will play the role of Ellie, the wife of Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), the FBI agent who deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Kaczynski. The actress, best known for the Twilight films, Grey's Anatomy and The Good Wife, is repped by UTA and Stone Genow.
The trio joins a cast that includes Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Mark Duplass and Jane Lynch as former Attorney General Janet Reno.
Manhunt: The UNABOMer hails from Kevin Spacey's and Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street and Lionsgate Television. The project was written and exec produced by Andrew Sodroski, with Greg Yaitanes (Quarry, Banshee) tapped to serve as showrunner and to direct. Spacey, Brunetti, Yaitanes and Troy Searer will exec produce alongside Discovery's John Goldwyn. The real Fitzgerald is also on board as a consulting producer.
Production began last month in Atlanta.