Peter Sarsgaard joins Hulu limited series Dopesick
Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson will direct the eight-episode opioid crisis series
Actor Peter Sarsgaard has boarded the cast of Hulu's upcoming opioid crisis series Dopesick. The show, based on a New York Times bestselling book by author Beth Macy, will mark the streaming debut of Hollywood star Michael Keaton, reports Variety.
Described as an "ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicentre of America's struggle with Opioid addiction," the series will take viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of 'one percenter' Big Pharma Manhattan.
Keaton, 69, will essay the role of Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion, but finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma's deadly secret.
Sarsgaard will play Rick Mountcastle, an Assistant US Attorney prosecuting the Purdue Pharma case.
Empire co-creator Danny Strong is penning the script and will serve as showrunner. Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson will direct the eight-episode series, which will be produced by Touchstone Television and The Littlefield Company.