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'Harry Potter's' Toby Jones Joins Fox Event Series 'Wayward Pines'
Fox's Wayward Pines is adding a dash of Harry Potter to its cast.
Toby Jones, who voiced lovable house elf Dobby in the Harry Potter franchise, has joined the cast of Fox's event series Wayward Pines, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club) and M. Night Shyamalan, the 10-episode drama is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch and is described as a thriller in the vein of Twin Peaks. The project revolves around Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan's investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Jones will play Dr. Jenkins, a psychiatrist who treats Ethan at Wayward Pines Hospital. Jenkins is convinced Ethan suffered brain damage in a car crash which is the cause of his paranoia. Wary of this diagnosis, Ethan believes there’s more to Dr. Jenkins than meets the eye.
The Playboy Club's Hodge penned the script, with Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan on board to exec produce the FX Productions effort. Fox landed the project, based on a spec from Hodge, after a competitive bidding situation. Fox will bow the 10-episode drama in 2014.
Wayward and the revived 24 are the first two event series greenlighted at Fox, with several others in development as the network looks to limited fare as a way to bridge the gaps between seasons and push into year-round scripted programming.
Jones' credits also include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, My Week With Marilyn and Frost Nixon. He earned his BAFTA TV and Golden Globe noms for his work on HBO's The Girl and a British Independent Film Award for his work in Berberian Sound Studio. Repped by UTA, ARG in the U.K. and Bloom Hergott, he'll next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, both due in 2014.