Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali stars in a television adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s hit thriller The plot† Deadline reports†
Ali, who won Academy Awards for his performances in Moonlight and Green Bookwill star in the limited series, which is produced by Endeavor Content and will air on Hulu in the US
Korelitz’s 2021 bestselling book follows Jacob Finch Bonner, a creative writing professor who steals the plot of a novel from a college student who recently passed away. Bonner begins receiving emails from an anonymous stranger who knows about his literary theft, and tries to figure out who is behind the accusations.
Abbi Ajayi, who has written for Four weddings and a funeral and How to get away with murderwill write the screenplay for the series and will be executive producer along with Ali, Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures), and Amatus Karim Ali. Layne Eskridge (she must have it) and Kristen Campo (The L-word: Generation Q) will produce.
Ajayi told Deadline that she is “enthusiastic” to adapt Korelitz’s novel.
“I knew from the start that the peerless Mahershala Ali would be the perfect Jake,” she said. “I’m excited about the nuance, the humanity and the complexity he will bring to the role.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.