Grey’s Anatomy‘s Patrick Dempsey will return to series TV with a starring role in The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, based on Joël Dicker’s bestselling novel. The series, which is a MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films production, has also set Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr, and Virginia Madsen in starring roles. Seven Years in Tibet‘s Jean-Jacques Annaud is on board to direct all 10 episodes of EPIX’s dramatic series.
Filming is currently underway in Montreal. Masters of Sex writers Lyn Greene and Richard Levine wrote multiple episodes of the series and executive producer along with director Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar, and Fabio Conversi.
“Joël Dicker’s exquisite thriller, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, has captivated a worldwide audience with its complicated tale of love and lies. I am thrilled that this first class ensemble cast led by Patrick Dempsey and the incomparable director Jean-Jacques Annaud, get to bring provocative page-turner to life,” stated Steve Stark, MGM’s President, Television Production & Development.
“The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was the ideal project for my first American television venture. It is a rich and nuanced novel set in a small New-England town and has all the elements for a classic mystery. Having MGM, Tarak and Fabio as my partners has given me the ability to assemble a formidable cast and a talented crew. Their enthusiasm for Harry Quebert is equal to my own,” added Annaud.
The Plot and Characters: The suspenseful dramatic series stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actor Patrick Dempsey in the title role as Harry Quebert, a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property. Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist who has been mentored by Harry Quebert, will be played by Ben Schnetzer.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman who is visiting Harry Quebert’s home to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. Marcus’ plans are suddenly upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been missing for many years. Damon Wayans Jr. will play Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, a Maine State Police investigator who is investigating the death of Kellergan. Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen plays Tamara Quinn, Jenny Quinn’s mother and the owner of a local diner who learns of a secret about Quebert.
The cast also includes Kristine Froseth, a newcomer who plays Nola Kellergan, the teenage girl who captivates Harry Quebert and becomes his muse. Colm Feore is the wealthy and inscrutable Elijah Stern, one of the most powerful men in New England who’s spent his life atoning for a secret past. Josh Close plays Luther Caleb, Elijah Stern’s right hand man who suffers from disfiguring scars caused by a horrific attack that happened in his past. Matt Frewer is on board as Reverend Kellergan, Nola’s eccentric father.
Connor Price is Young Travis Dawn, a rookie cop who falls love with Jenny Quinn, a former prom queen played by Tessa Mossey in her teenage years and by Victoria Clark in her adult years. Craig Eldridge plays the elder Travis Dawn who has risen in the ranks to become chief of police. Kurt Fuller is Police Chief Gareth Pratt who originally ran the investigation into Nola’s disappearance, but is now retired. Don Harvey plays Bobbo Quinn, Tamara Quinn’s husband. Felicia Shulman will play Maggie Pratt, Chief Gareth Pratt’s wife and the town busybody. And Wayne Knight is Benjamin Roth, Harry’s high-priced, high-pressure attorney.