It's founding fathers' day for HBO mini


Oscar-nominated actor Tom Wilkinson has been tapped to play Benjamin Franklin and David Morse is set to play George Washington in the HBO Films miniseries "John Adams," which is slated to premiere in 2008.

The Playtone-produced seven-hour miniseries is a biography of Adams (Paul Giamatti), the American founding father and the second U.S. president, told through the eyes of his wife, Abigail Adams (Laura Linney). Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the mini will chronicle the first 50 years of the American republic.

Wilkinson and Morse join the previously cast Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson, Danny Huston as Samuel Adams, Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton, Justin Theroux as John Hancock and Guy Henry as Jonathan Sewall.

Production on the mini, written and co-executive produced by Kirk Ellis, is scheduled to begin shortly, with most of the production to film in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Tom Hooper is directing, with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive producing.

On the big screen, Wilkinson next appears in Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton," Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream" and Theroux's Sundance Film Festival hit "Dedication."

Wilkinson is repped by Principal Entertainment's Larry Taub in the U.S. and Lou Coulson in the U.K.

Morse, who recently recurred on Fox's hit "House," next appears in "Disturbia." He is repped by Endeavor.