JOSHUA JACKSON JOINS PEACOCK'S "DR. DEATH" IN TITLE ROLE
Joshua Jackson ("Little Fires Everywhere," "When They See Us," "The Affair," "Dawson's Creek") will play the title role in Peacock's DR. DEATH from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Jackson joins previously announced stars Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater in the adaptation from Patrick Macmanus, based on the hit Wondery podcast of the same name. Jackson is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
Due to production delays relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Jamie Dornan, who originally had been cast in the role, is no longer professionally available to participate in the production.
Production on DR. DEATH begins this fall.
Based on Wondery's hit podcast, DR. DEATH is based on the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. DR. DEATH explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.
DR. DEATH is executive produced by Patrick Macmanus ("The Girl From Plainville") via his Littleton Road Productions banner, and under his overall deal with UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Macmanus also serves as showrunner. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery. The series is based on Wondery's hit podcast "Dr. Death" which has over 50 million listeners to date.
Series directors include Maggie Kiley (USA Network's DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY, "Riverdale"), who will also executive produce the first two episodes, Jennifer Morrison (Peacock's ONE OF US IS LYING, "Euphoria") and So Yong Kim ("Lovesong," "Grand Army").
ABOUT JOSHUA JACKSON:
Joshua Jackson can currently be seen starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in the Hulu series "Little Fires Everywhere."
In 2018, Jackson made his Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God alongside Lauren Ridloff, telling the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. It received rave reviews (The New York Times called Jackson a revelation in his role). Jackson's additional stage credits include a successful run on London's West End starring in A Life in the Theatre alongside Patrick Stewart. The acclaimed comedy was written by the Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award winning, and Oscar nominated David Mamet. He also starred in the off-Broadway play Smart People at New York's Second Stage Theatre, about four Harvard intellectuals finding themselves entangled in a complex web of social politics.
Jackson most recently starred alongside Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, and Maura Tierney in the Golden Globe award-winning television series "The Affair" on Showtime. Jackson was also recently seen in the National Geographic Channel's Emmy award winning documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously". He previously starred on FOX's hit show "Fringe" created by J.J. Abrams and made a cameo appearance in the Netflix Original "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".
Well known as "Dawson's Creek's" fast-talking, self-deprecating Pacey Witter, Jackson has been working in front of the camera for over twenty years. His feature film debut was in Michael Bortman's "Crooked Hearts", which he followed up with "The Mighty Ducks" trilogy, "Digger", and "Andre the Seal". Jackson starred in Universal Pictures' "The Skulls", Rose Troche's acclaimed drama "The Safety of Objects", the HBO Films version of Moises Kaufman's groundbreaking play "The Laramie Project", and in Regent Films' "Aurora Borealis", opposite Donald Sutherland.
Jackson's additional feature film credits include "Sky", "Cursed", "Gossip", Bryan Singer's "Apt Pupil", and "Cruel Intentions". He also starred opposite Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta Jones in "Lay the Favorite" for director Stephen Frears and "Inescapable" opposite Marisa Tomei. He was seen as part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed film "Bobby" for director Emilio Estevez and starred in the psychological thriller "Shutter" for 20th Century Fox/New Regency which was shot on location in Tokyo. Additionally, he had noted cameos in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11", "Scream 2", "Urban Legend", and "I Love Your Work". In 2010, he received the Best Actor Genie Award for his starring role in the Canadian Independent feature film "One Week".
A Vancouver native, Jackson divides his time between his hometown and Los Angeles.