Just the other day I was wondering where Chris Cooper had been. The Oscar award-winning actor (for his performance as orchid hunter John Laroche in "Adaptation) has kept off the radar a bit these last two years, only appearing in The Muppets (with the great Jason Segel) and in Robert Redford's The Company You Keep.
Now Cooper is returning to the limelight, in a unique way. He has joined the cast of Discovery Channel's first ever scripted miniseries, Klondike (a working title).
The series, based on the novel "Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike" by Charlotte Gray, focuses on six strangers as they fight to survive and get wealthy in a tiny frontier town at the edge of the Klondike.
Cooper will play Father Judge.
Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Paul Scheuring are exectuive producing the project, with Scheuring writing.
The series is being developed by Discovery, Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures, in association with Scott Free Television. Production begins in March in Alberta, Canada.
I am very interesting to see how this turns out. I did not have high hopes, but Cooper's involvement changes that. I could not imagine him doing a crappy series.
Will you give Klondike a chance?