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Will Forte to Star in Obama’s First Netflix Drama Series Bodkin – The Hollywood Reporter

The Obamas launched their first scripted drama series on Netflix, starring Will Forte in a dark comedy thriller. Awl.

Jez ScharfMr. Biscuits, The UnDream) created a seven-episode series about a group of podcasters investigating a missing person case. Scharf and Alex MetcalfThe loudest voice, the sharpest objects, Netflix kingdom) serve as co-showrunners and executive producers of the series along with Wiip’s David Flynn and Paul Lee. Nash EdgertonMister Between) is appointed as the chief director of the drama.

Barack and Michelle Obama will also serve as executive producers. Awl through their Netflix-based production company Higher Ground with a shared deal. Tonya Davis of Higher Ground will also produce. Former Wiip creative director Nne Ebong will also lead production for Netflix, where she is a key member of the streamer’s overall deals team. The project reunited Ebong with Lee. The duo, in addition to their time together at Wiip, also held executive positions at ABC (as Head of Drama and Entertainment respectively).

Awl is Higher Ground’s first scripted drama series for Netflix, joining a list that also includes its first live-action scripted comedy and animated film for kids. Ada Twist, We the People, American Factory, creep camp, Becoming as well as Paternity.

In addition to Forte, the cast includes Siobhan Cullen (Dry), Robin Cara (trying), David Wilmot (Station Eleven) and Chris Whalley (Demeter’s last journey).

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Wiip on this sinister thriller that questions the truth, the narrative and the very purpose of each,” said Davis, head of film and television at Higher Ground. “This entire creative team – Jez, Alex, Nash and a phenomenal cast led by Will Forte and Siobhan Cullen – will bring something very special to life, and we can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world.”

Here is the show’s official logline, followed by character descriptions:Awl is a dark comedy thriller about a ragtag team of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic coastal Irish town. But once they start pulling the strings, they discover a story much bigger and weirder than they ever imagined. As our characters struggle to distinguish fact from fiction—about the case, about their colleagues, and, most painfully, about themselves—the series challenges our perceptions of truth and uncovers the stories we tell ourselves to justify our beliefs or validate our fears.”

Forte plays Gilbert: Charming, open and enthusiastic, Gilbert Power is an American podcaster looking for his next big story. Originally from Chicago, Gilbert’s family emigrated from Cork and he hopes to discover his Irish roots. Gilbert loves his job and, using his undeniable charm and natural warmth, uncovers the truth of history by gaining people’s trust and then weaving their memories, memories and theories into a compelling narrative. While his affect is innocent and charming, it’s clear there’s a lot more going on under the surface – something he hopes to avoid by coming to Ireland looking for material for his next podcast.

Cullen (Dry) is played by Dove: Hailing from Dublin, Dove is a rocket looking for the truth. A solid investigative journalist with a finely tuned bullshit detector and a healthy disregard for authority and hypocrisy. People find Dove rude, “difficult”. But she believes she’s just telling the truth, which makes her completely blind to her own delusions and hypocrisy. She is funny too. And brave. And brilliant. She can also be extremely charming and persuasive. Unfortunately, she is going through the biggest professional crisis of her career, and when you live your life as a lone wolf, your career is usually all you have.

Kara (trying) plays Emmy: Smart, funny, and eager to please, Emmy is an explorer and helps Gilbert run this podcast on T. But beneath her competent exterior, Emmy is visibly gnawed by insecurities, which she tries to hide with enthusiasm and comedy. Sandwiched between the blunt Dove and the laconic Gilbert, Emmy struggles to find her own voice.

Wilmot (Station Eleven) plays Seamus Gallagher: Seamus has the weight and presence of a man who was physically strong in his younger years. Agile and enigmatic, Seamus can turn on charms when it serves his needs, however, he can just as quickly erupt into violent outbursts when he feels threatened.

Chris Whalley (ur.Demeter’s last journey) plays Sean O’Shea: A local resident of the village of Bodkin, Sean is a typical Irish country boy – helpless, ready to laugh and does not seem to be concerned with the obligations or obligations that usually come with adulthood. He is also involved in some rather dark business, and the situation where we find out that he is completely out of his mind.

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