Tobias Menzies will star in a television adaptation of James L. Swanson’s Manhunt: The 12-Day Hunt for Lincoln’s Assassin† Deadline reports†
Menzies, known for his roles in the hit shows foreigner† Rome† Game of Thronesand The crown, will play Edwin Stanton in the series. Stanton was Lincoln’s secretary of war; he helped lead the search for the president’s killer.
Swanson’s book, which tells the story of law enforcement’s quest to identify and arrest murderer John Wilkes Booth, was published in 2006 by William Morrow, the imprint of HarperCollins. In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus called the book “a meticulous account of crime and imprisonment” [that] is a distinguished and worthy addition to the legend that Americans cannot read enough about.”
The limited series, which is being produced for Apple TV+, was created by Monica Beletsky (Fargo, Friday Night Lights), who will be the showrunner and executive producer of the series. Carl Franklin (The Leftovers, 13 Reasons Why) is slated to direct.
Other executive producers include Swanson, Layne Eskridge (she must have it), Michael Rotenberg (Insecure), Richard Abate (13 hours), Frank Smith (The Babysitters Club), and Naia Cucukov (Finch†
Beletsky confirmed her involvement in the series on Twitter, to write“I’m making the series of my dreams with the best team I could hope for… I moved to LA in ’06 to try to write TV [and] I just got my first green light. It was worth every patience, obstacle and disappointment to come here. Thanks for all the friendship [and] joy today!”
So this happened… I’m making the series of my dreams with the best team I could hope for.
Apple Orders Limited Series Hunt For Monica Beletsky’s John Wilkes Booth, Tobias Menzies To Star through @variety
— Monica Beletsky (@MonicaBeletsky) January 5, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.