Elizabeth Reaser and Brian d’Arcy James Join ‘Manhunt: The UNABOMer’

Elizabeth Reaser
Elizabeth Reaser (Photo Credit: Richard Chavez)

Discovery Channel’s Unabomber series Manifesto has a new title and new cast members. The series, now called Manhunt: The UNABOMer, has added Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Elizabeth Reaser. The cast will be led by Sam Worthington as FBI Agent Jim ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald and Paul Bettany as the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. Jane Lynch will play U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Chris Noth is FBI’s Bay Area Divisional Head Don Ackerman, and Keisha Castle-Hughes is set to play Tabby, a street agent who partners with Fitz. Mark Duplass is David Kaczynski, Michael Nouri plays Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, and Ben Weber is UNABOMB Task Force leader Andy Genelli. The cast also includes Jeremy Bobb as FBI Agent Stan Cole, Lynn Collins as a linguistics expert, and Katja Herbers as David Kaczinski’s wife, Linda.

New cast members Brian d’Arcy James will play Harvard University Professor Henry Murray and Elizabeth Reaser is Jim Fitzgerald’s wife, Ellie. Trieste Kelly Dunn has signed on as Lincoln Public Library librarian Theresa Oakes, a friend of Kaczynski.

The series’ new title is a combination of “University” and “Airline BOMber.” Filming began on January 30, 2017 and is currently underway in Atlanta. Showrunner Greg Yaitanes is directing and executive producing, and the series’ creator Andrew Sodroski is also executive producing. The real Jim Fitzgerald is involved as a consulting producer.

The Plot: The anthology series tells the story about the hunt for Ted Kaczynski, who terrified the nation with a letter bombing campaign in the 1980s and early 1990s.