Two hour premiere: August 1, 2017, 6pm PT, 9:00 pm ET on DirecTV
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/8/1 – “She, (Janet Reno), was one of those people who was just doggedly into the facts and fairness and justice and uncompromising in that,” says Manhunt: Unabomber star Jane Lynch. “I was not only alive and well during the ’90s, but an adult where I actually knew a lot about her. I was fascinated with her. I admired her. I was charmed by her.”
“She was just one of those people who went where the facts led and took a really big chance with this case in publishing that manifesto,” says Lynch. “And that was a big risk, and it ended up paying off in this case.”
Manhunt: Unabomber is a scripted series focusing on the story of the FBI search for, capture and conviction of the Ted Kacszynski.
The meat of the eight part series is the journey to the arrest of Kaczynski and the guilty plea. Since Bettany is unrecognizable your not distracted by his fame or face. This real life story may be unknown to anyone born in the 90s. But for 17 years from 1978-1995 he stumped the FBI until he wanted some fame for his manifesto. He was captured in 1996.
Sam Worthington is Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald FBI agent was the new guy on the Unabomber task force (UTF) team to find the Unabomber. He was challenged at every turn both by the case and the bureaucracy within the organization. They were resistant to change, but without his use of forensic linguistics they might not have captured the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
Paul Bettany is Ted Kaczynski the deadliest serial bomber in history. Ted had been child prodigy. He graduated from Harvard and went to teach at University of Berkley. He quit and moved to Lincoln, Montana and livedin a cabin with no electricity or running water. He became very anti social and anti-tech. As his world was being encroached upon by the world he decided to fight back. Ted picked tech as his aim for his bombings.
Chris Noth is Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervises the UNABOM Task Force.
Jane Lynch as U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. She was instrumental in the capture of Ted Kaczynsk.
- Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski
- Sam Worthington is Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald
- Chris Noth as Don Ackerman
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Tabby
- Jane Lynch as Janet Reno
- Mark Duplass as David Kaczynski
- Michael Nouri as Bob Guccione
- Brian d’Arcy James as Henry Murray
- Trieste Kelly Dunn as Theresa Oakes
- Elizabeth Reaser as Ellie Fitzgerald
- Ben Weber as Andy Genelli
- Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole
- Lynn Collins as Natalie
- Katja Herbers as Linda Kaczinski
- Brian F. O’Byrne as Frank McAlpine
If the series does well Manhunt may become a regular series focusing on other cases.
Manhunt: UNABOMBER is produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Discovery Channel and Trigger Street Productions.
Television producer and director Greg Yaitanes is executive producing, directing and serving as showrunner. Andrew Sodroski, created the series and serves as an Executive Producer. Jim Fitzgerald will serve as Consulting Producer.
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