HBO gives their TV adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pultizer-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge” a boost with an announcement of a roster of star-studded guest stars. Frances McDormand (“Fargo“, “North Country”) and Richard Jenkins (“Six Feet Under”) star in the four-part miniseries. HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” premieres in November 2014. Read on to find more about the latest scoop on “Olive Kitteridge” miniseries from HBO.
The story of “Olive Kitteridge” will be seen in the perspective point of view from the titular character. Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand) is a retired junior high teacher in a small town of Maine in New England. She was married to a local pharmacist named Henry (Richard Jenkins) with their now-estranged son, Christopher. From her husbands’ affairs to her former students’ current living statuses, thirteen short stories will be seen in the Olive’s point of view.
The upcoming four-part miniseries will be adapted to screen by Academy Award-nominee director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) with Emmy-winning writer Jane Anderson (“Normal”). It will be executively produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Frances McDormand, Jane Anderson and Steven Shareshian through Hanks and Goetzman’s Playtone Production Company.
“Olive Kitteridge” will be the fifth miniseries which will be produced under the successful partnership of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with HBO. The miniseries will join the roster of Playtone’s miniseries that includes “The Pacific,” “John Adams,” “Band of Brothers” and “From the Earth to the Moon.”
Golden Globe winner Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) will take on the role as Jack Kennison, a widower who became Olive’s friend, while John Gallagher Jr. (“The Newsroom”) will play as Christopher, Olive and Henry’s son. They will be joined by Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake”), Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men“) and Ann Dowd (‘Side Effects”).
Other cast members include Corey Michael Smith (Broadway’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad“), Brady Corbet (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Audrey Marie Anderson (“The Unit”), Patricia Kalember (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit“) and Maryann Urbano (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”).
During the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) event, McDormand told the press on how she came up with the project based on Strout’s award-winning novel. She also noted that the idea came by chance after reading a copy of the novel she got from a friend.
It was not her intention to read novels to find some possible roles, but she knew that a full-length movie wasn’t enough. Since reading it six years ago, McDormand said she got the rights for the novel even before it won a Pultizer award.
“A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story. That’s why longform storytelling has become so great” for female actors, writers and filmmakers,” said McDormand in the Deadline article.
Moreover, The Wrap reported that Cholodenko called the series as a “traumedy.” Cholodenko also pointed out that the emotional part of filming usually end with several arguments between the cast and crew. However, she assured that these incidents can be cured with a “drink at the bar.”
And that’s it for the preview of HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge.” Don’t forget to check out a behind-the-scenes video during the shoot of the series. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for more news about your favorite TV series, upcoming movies and Hollywood celebrities.
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