Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) has joined the cast of FX’s limited series “Fleishman Is In Trouble.” Slater will star alongside previously announced cast Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Claire Danes (Homeland), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Michael Gaston (For Life), Joy Suprano, Maxim Jasper Swinton (Halston), Meara Mahoney Gross (Don’t Look Up) Ralph Adriel Johnson (Law & Order: SVU) and Brian Miskell (Sharper). The nine-episode series is based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s New York Times bestselling debut novel.
“Fleishman Is In Trouble” centers on recently separated fortysomething Toby Fleishman (Eisenberg), who dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends, a promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming, and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to Rachel (Danes) until he can take a more honest look at what happened to their marriage in the first place.
According to Deadline, Slater, who recurs in three episodes, plays Archer Sylvan, a Tom Wolfe-esque figure in the book, a journalist who wrote a “legendary” article, titled Decoupling, which details the dissolution of a marriage and is pretty close to the story of Fleishman is in Trouble. Sylvan is also the obsession of Libby Epstein, the narrator of the book and friend of Toby Fleishman’s from college.
Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have reportedly been tapped to direct multiple episodes. Brodesser-Akner serves as the writer of the series and executive produces along with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Susannah Grant.
ABC Signature is producing.
Slater recently played Dan Broderick in Dirty John and Dr. Randall Kirby in Dr. Death.