The first trailer for the Stephen King adaption of Mr. Mercedes just landed online. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, the 10-episode series is written, directed, and produced by the team of Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones), David E. Kelley, and the author himself, Stephen King. The novel won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was Stephen King’s first foray into the detective genre.
Gleeson stars as Bill Hodges, a detective way past his prime who gets his groove back when the psychopathic killer from a high-profile cold case re-emerges to mock him. Hodges is still bothered by the one case he couldn’t solve, a tragedy where innocents waiting to get into a job fair were maimed and murdered by a man in a clown mask who mowed them down in a stolen Mercedes.
Hodges begins receiving strange letters, videos, and emails with a wicked smiley face from the “Mercedes Killer,” aka Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway), a computer store clerk who has an incestuous relationship with his mother and holds down a second job as an ice cream vendor to keep an eye on Hodges and his associates.
Check out the first official trailer for Mr. Mercedes below:
The show also co-stars Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Scott Lawrence (Avatar), Robert Stanton (Mercury Rising), Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Holland Taylor (The Truman Show), with Kelly Lynch (Magic City), Justine Lupe (Madam Secretary), and Breeda Wool (UnReal). David E. Kelley wrote the adaptation, produced by Sonar Entertainment with the great Jack Bender directing the entire affair.
It’s been a busy couple of years for King adaptations. Mr. Mercedes marks the second of the author’s work to hit the airwaves this summer alone, with Spike’s The Mist being the first. Later this summer we’ll see big screen adaptations of some of his most iconic works with The Dark Tower in August and his nightmare-fuel story of a killer clown named Pennywise in the film adaptation of IT, hitting theaters in September.
Mr. Mercedes will premiere on the AT&T Audience Network on Wednesday, August 9th.