While he continues his prolific career on the big screen, having wrapped production on several films recently, Bill Murray will take to HBO for his next endeavor. Murray be joining an already-impressive ensemble cast of HBO’s forthcoming miniseries, ’Olive Kitteridge,’ according to Deadline.
Based on the Pulitizer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, the story follows a small town in New England that is strangely overrun with scandal, deceit, and tragedy. ‘Olive Kitteridge’ will be adapted by Kane Anderson and helmed by ‘The Kids Are Alright’ director Lisa Cholodenko.
Murray will play widower Jack Kennison, a man who befriends the morally-robust Olive, played by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. The two will pair up again on screen, having recently co-starred in Wes Anderson’s feature ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ where they played husband and wife.
This story has a decidedly different tone it would seem, but it’s not a departure for Murray, who continues to balance out his comedic roles with those a more dramatic nature. He impressed as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ even though the film, a light period drama of sorts, was less than stellar.
The 63-year-old actor takes to the small screen (well, it’s not exactly TV, as we know) with HBO, having finishing a trio of films: Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men,’ and Theodore Melfi’s ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys.’
Alongside Murray and McDormand is Richard Jenkins, who will play Olive’s husband, as well as John Gallagher Jr., Rosemarie DeWitt, and Zoe Kazan. Now in production in Massachusetts, ‘Olive Kitteridge’ will be airing in 2014.