Michael Keaton will be returning to the small screen in Hulu series ‘Dopesick’, a show which tackles opioid addiction.
Described as “an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction,” the 8 episode series is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Beth Macy.
Keaton will play the role of Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion, but finds himself embroiled in Big Pharma’s deadly secret.
The limited series hails from ‘Empire’ co-creator Danny Strong and will be directed by ‘Rain Man’ helmer Barry Levinson.
“The minute we met with Danny Strong about Beth Macy’s bestselling book, we immediately knew it was the kind of groundbreaking series we just had to bring to Hulu. Danny’s unflinching and deeply compelling take on America’s opioid crisis will bring to life one of the most important stories impacting our culture. Add to that the cinematic vision of Barry Levinson and the extraordinary talent of Michael Keaton, and we’ve got an undeniable series that perfectly embodies our Hulu Originals brand,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of originals at Hulu.
Keaton was last seen in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Dumbo’, his upcoming films include ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and ‘Morbius’.