Friday, April 8, 2022

Bob Odenkirk To Star In Series Adaptation Of STRAIGHT MAN

Bob Odenkirk Picture

"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk has signed on to star in AMC's upcoming series based on Richard Russo's novel "Straight Man". The project hails from Aaron Zelman ("Silicon Valley" supervising producer and executive producer on "Bloodline" and "The Killing") and Paul Lieberstein ("The Office"), who are adapting the book and also serve as co-showrunners.

Odenkirk will star as William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt, who is undergoing a mid-life crisis.

Here's what Odenkirk had to say about the project:
"I loved Paul and Aaron’s take on Richard’s excellent, entertaining novel. Once again a project with AMC with a focus on character depth and sensitivity. This milieu (academia) seems very pertinent to the conversations we’re all having.  I am drawn to the tone of humanity and humor in the novel and I look forward to playing this role – something lighter than my recent projects but still closely observed and smart."
Zelman, Lieberstein, Odenkirk, Peter Farrelly, who is on board to direct, Richard Russo, Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero are executive producers. Sony Pictures' Television TriStar TV and Mark Johnson's Gran Via are producing.

Odenkirk can next be seen in the sixth and final season of "Better Call Saul". The first part of the season will premiere on April 18 on AMC, while the second half will debut on July 11th.


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