HBO is really pulling out all of the stops when casting their upcoming miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge;' on top of movie stars Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins starring in the project, HBO has just added John Gallagher, Jr., Jesse Plemons and Zoe Kazan.
Directed by feature film talent Lisa Cholodenko ('The Kids are Alright,' 'Laurel Canyon'), 'Olive Kitteridge' is a miniseries adapted from a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout. Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 'Olive Kitteridge' in 2009 and an adaptation has been in the works ever since. Having previously worked together before on 'Laurel Canyon,' McDormand and Cholodenko brought in the familar face of Richard Jenkins (who co-starred with McDormand in 'Burn After Reading').
John Gallagher, Jr. is red-hot at the moment thanks to his co-starring role on 'The Newsroom.' Prior to this breakout role, Gallagher also appeared in the Woody Allen feature 'Whatever Works.' This is all to say: Gallagher has some pedigree and his inclusion in 'Olive Kitteridge' can certainly assist the buzz around the project. Jesse Plemons appeared in a handful of episodes of 'Breaking Bad,' putting him on the critical-darling plane (despite his appearance in the abysmal feature 'Battleship'). Finally, Zoe Kazan has been appearing in features for a decade but only now seems primed to break out; expect Kazan's name to be a household one by this time in 2014.
'Olive Kitteridge' tells the story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center. Gallagher plays Christopher Kitteridge, the son of Olive and Henry (Jenkins). Kazan plays Denise, who works with Henry at his pharmacy. Plemons plays Jerry McCarthy, Henry’s delivery boy at the pharmacy.
What do you think? Pretty impressive cast, no?