Michael Keaton will be returning to our televisions once again! The actor has just signed on to star in the 8 episode mini-series Dopesick, a new Hulu original about the ongoing opioid crisis in America.
Dopesick is based off of Beth Macy’s bestselling book of the same name and is being adapted for television by Empire co-creator Danny Strong. Plus Barry Levinson, who helmed Rain Man, will be directing.
Senior VP of Hulu originals, Craig Erwich, told Variety, “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.”
Dopesick will follow Michael Keaton’s character, Samuel Finnix, who is an old-school doctor that is kind and compassionate. Despite his best efforts, Samuel Finnix eventually finds himself involved in Big Pharma’s deadly secret. The series aims to provide a compelling look into America’s struggle with Opioid addiction. From a distressed mining community to Big Pharama in Manhattan, Dopesick will show human portraits of the people and families affected by one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.
Dopesick received a straight-to-series order from Hulu, so expect to hear more information soon!