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One of the stars of Moonlight is headed to the small screen.
Jharrel Jerome has joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s Mr. Mercedes series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on Stephen King’s 2014 novel of the same name, the Audience Network drama follows a demented killer (Penny Dreadful‘s Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Jerome will play Jerome Robinson, a high school student who does yard work for Hodges (Gleeson). A good-natured wise guy, Jerome helps Hodges with his computer stuff, and puts up a home surveillance system for him.
Jerome joins a cast that also includes Holland Taylor and Kelly Lynch.
Mr. Mercedes will mark Jerome’s first TV role and comes on the heels of his feature film debut in Golden Globe winner Moonlight, in which he plays the 16-year-old version of Andre Holland’s Kevin. The actor, along with the rest of the Moonlight team, has already won the special jury award at the Gotham Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards’ Robert Altman Award and the Austin Film Critics Association’s special honorary award. Jerome and the film’s other stars are next up for best performance by a cast at the Screen Actors Guild awards.
His next film roles include Monster, with Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson, and First Match. Jerome is repped by Kipperman Management and Sloane Offer.
Kelley is writing the adaptation of Mr. Mercedes and will serve as showrunner on the Sonar Entertainment-produced series. Jack Bender (Game of Thrones) is set to direct, and the two will exec produce with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
Mr. Mercedes is set to debut in the fall on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.
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