Peter Sarsgaard Joins Michael Keaton in Hulu's 'Dopesick'

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Hulu's limited series Dopesick has added a second big name to its cast.

Peter Sarsgaard will star opposite Michael Keaton in the drama, based on journalist Beth Macy's best-selling book about the opioid crisis. The eight-episode series will be Sarsgaard's second time working with Hulu; he previously was a regular in the streamer's 2018 limited series The Looming Tower.

Dopesick is described as an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, taking viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA and to the opulence of "one percenter" Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history. It's set to premiere in 2021.

Sarsgaard will play Rick Mountcastle, an assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the Purdue Pharma case. Keaton, meanwhile, is set to play Samuel Finnix, an old-school Virginia doctor who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion but finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma's deadly secret.

A Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee, Sarsgaard is coming off CBS All Access' Interrogation. He plays D.A. Gil Colson in Matt Reeves' The Batman; other recent credits include The Lie, Jackie and The Magnificent Seven. He's repped by Anonymous Content, WME and Peikoff Mahan.

Touchstone Television and The Littlefield Company are producing the series. Danny Strong (Empire, Game Change) is writing and will executive produce with director Barry Levinson (HBO's Paterno, Homicide: Life on the Street), John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield, Macy and Karen Rosenfelt.

Dopesick joins a roster of high-profile limited series on Hulu that includes Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People, The Act and the forthcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, The Dropout with Kate McKinnon and the Elle Fanning-led The Girl From Plainville.