The Berkeley Independent reports that an extras casting call for Mr. Mercedes, the next Stephen King work to be adapted to the screen, has finally gone out. What is especially interesting about the call is how specific its requests are. In fact, the level of detail in the casting call may suggest a few things about the plot of the adaptation and how faithfully it will adhere to the Stephen King-penned hardboiled crime thriller it is based on.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is a fascinating take on an old crime writing trope. It concerns an ex-police officer named Bill Hodges, who will be played in the series by Brendan Gleeson. Hodges is lured out of retirement by a serial killer named Brady Hartsfield, who will be played by Harry Treadaway. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game follows as Hodges tries to stop Hartsfield from killing thousands of people.
It may sound painfully run-of-the-mill, but the gritty realism, shocking plot twists, and vivid characters Stephen King wove into the story set it above most pulp fiction. Hopefully, the adaptation’s writer, David E. Kelley, and its director, Jack Bender, will not stray too far from the Stephen King source material.