Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton will star in Hulu’s new eight-episode limited series “Dopesick”, which is about the opioid crisis America. The show will be directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) with the script being written by Emmy winner Danny Strong (Game Change), who adapted Beth Macy‘s bestselling book of the same name. Levinson, Strong, Macy and Keaton will executive produce “Dopesick” alongside John Goldwyn (Dexter), Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight).
Hulu describes “Dopesick” as “an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. The show takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.”
“The minute we met with Danny Strong about Beth Macy’s bestselling book, we immediately knew it was the kind of groundbreaking series we just had to bring to Hulu. Danny’s unflinching and deeply compelling take on America’s opioid crisis will bring to life one of the most important stories impacting our culture. Add to that the cinematic vision of Barry Levinson and the extraordinary talent of Michael Keaton, and we’ve got an undeniable series that perfectly embodies our Hulu Originals brand,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of Originals, Hulu.
“Although we were sharply aware of and empathetic to the horrifying pain caused by the Opioid crisis for millions in this country, we were blown away when Warren Littlefield showed us Beth Macy’s book Dopesick. Consequently, Danny Strong had been crafting his own telling of the opiate epidemic and in typical Danny form, it was mesmerizing. The fact that Warren and Danny are collaborating on this is a studio’s dream. Together with Barry Levinson and Michael Keaton, we have every reason to believe this important story will be one of the tv events of the coming year,” said Bert Salke, President, FOX 21 Television Studios.
Keaton has starred in many blockbuster films including Beetlejuice, Batman, Jack Frost and he played Riggan in Birdman, which earned him an Academy-Award nomination.
The show is expected to premiere on Hulu in 2021.