Production company, Epix, has ordered a 10-episode series based on Jöel Dicker’s hugely successful 2012 novel, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair. Penned by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine, and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet), the series follows Marcus Goldman, a young author whose former lecturer, Harry Quebert, becomes the prime suspect in a murder case.

Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) has been cast as the titular Harry Quebert, and Ben Schnetzer (Pride) will play Marcus Goldman.

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“Joel Dicker’s exquisite thriller has captivated a worldwide audience with its complicated tale of love and lies. I am thrilled that this first class ensemble cast led by Patrick Dempsey and the incomparable director Jean-Jacques Annaud, get to bring provocative page-turner to life,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s president of television production and development.

“It is a rich and nuanced novel set in a small New-England town and has all the elements for a classic mystery,” director, Annaud, said. “Having MGM … as my partners has given me the ability to assemble a formidable cast and a talented crew. Their enthusiasm for ‘Harry Quebert’ is equal to my own,” said Annaud.

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Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl), Virginia Madsen (Designated Survivor) and newcomer Kristine Froseth have also been cast, as Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, Tamara Quinn, and Nola Kellergan respectively.

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The rest of the cast is as follows:

Colm Feore (House of Cards) as Elijah Stern; Josh Close (Person of Interest) as Luther Caleb; Matt Frewer (Timeless) as Reverend Kellergan; Connor Price (X Company) as Young Travis Dawn; Tessa Mossey (The Glass Castle) as teenage Jenny Quinn and Victoria Clark (Homeland) as adult Quinn; Craig Eldridge (The Death and Life of John F. Donavan) as the elder Travis Dawn; Kurt Fuller (Phil) as Police Chief Gareth Pratt; Don Harvey (The Deuce) as Bobbo Quinn; Felicia Shulman (Brad’s Status) as Maggie Pratt; Wayne Knight (Narcos) as Benjamin Roth.

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