Stephen King fans had an embarrassment of riches in 2019, seeing a number of his most iconic stories brought to life in a variety of mediums, with 2020 poised to kick off another big year, thanks to the debut of HBO's adaptation of The Outsider on January 12, 2020. The series stars Jason Bateman and Ben Mendelsohn and comes from Richard Price, who has previously worked on HBO's The Wire and The Night Of, with the latest trailer for the series teasing the terror that is in store for audiences, in addition to the gripping cinematic style of the series. Check out the trailer above and watch the series premiere on January 12, 2020.
The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.
The cast includes Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominee Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Ready Player One) as Ralph Anderson; Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) as Holly Gibney; Bill Camp (Emmy-nominee, The Night Of) as Howie Salomon; Mare Winningham (Oscar-nominee, Georgia) as Ralph's wife Jeannie Anderson; Paddy Considine (HBO's upcoming The Third Day) as Claude Bolton, manager of a local strip club; Julianne Nicholson (HBO's upcoming Mare of Easttown) as Glory Maitland; Yul Vázquez (Divorce) as Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Yunis Sablo; Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) as Alec Pelley, a private investigator hired by Howie; and Marc Menchaca (The Sinner) as detective Jack Hoskins; with Emmy- and Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (Ozark, Arrested Development) as Terry Maitland in episodes 101 and 102.
King might most be connected with the horror genre, but adaptations like The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and The Green Mile and their dramatic storylines have proven he is a man of many talents. When it comes to the adaptations he likes most, it's the ones that stick closest to his source material.
"I think that they're the best when they stick close to the books because, I don't know, I feel a proprietary interest in that," King revealed to the Associated Press. "I always think that some of the adaptations that don't work that well are ones where they buy the concept, the basic concept, but then say well yes but we'll do this, that and the other thing to it. So I always feel a little bit like they bought my launching pad and put their own rocket up, and sometimes the rocket explodes... The ones that I like the best are the ones where they stick close to the story and where I see changes and things that have been altered and I say to myself, 'I wish I'd thought of that.'"
Tune in to the premiere of The Outsider on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
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