8 part US miniseries Manhunt: Unabomber begins on Discovery in October.
The series on the FBI chase for the ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski, whose US bombings between 1978 and 1995, killed 3 and injured 23 people.
The cast features Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Chris Noth, Mark Duplass and Jane Lynch.
Discovery will screen double episodes across 4 weeks.
This aired in the US in August.
The deadliest serial bomber in U.S. history, Ted Kaczynski’s reign of terror lasted 17 years as he orchestrated bombings throughout the U.S. between 1978 and 1995, targeting scientific universities, airlines, and businesses for their role in what he considered the over-industrialisation of society and destruction of nature. During his deadly campaign, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs, killing three and injuring 23 more, before he was captured in 1996.
Critically-acclaimed, Manhunt: Unabomber tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber. The series focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington, Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany, Captain America: Civil War,Avengers series, A Beautiful Mind).
As a fresh faced Criminal Profiler and the newest member of the UNABOM Task Force (UTF), Fitzgerald faced an uphill battle not just against the Unabomber – one of the most sophisticated and brilliant criminals in history – but also against the bureaucracy of the UTF itself as his maverick ideas and radical new approaches were dismissed by the system. Ultimately, Fitzgerald trail blazed a career that would lead him to become one of the most decorated profilers in the history of the FBI, but as the series shows, the road to get there wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Manhunt: Unabomber‘s all-star cast also features Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth (The Good Wife, Sex and the City) as Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervises the UNABOM Task Force; Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Roadies, Game of Thrones) as Tabby Milgrim, a street agent who partners with Fitzgerald; Golden Globe and two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) in the role of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; Mark Duplass (Togetherness, Blue Jay) as David Kaczynski, Ted’s younger brother; three-time Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Hamilton, Spotlight, 13 Reasons Why) playing Henry Murray, a professor of Kaczynski’s at Harvard University; and Elizabeth Reaser (Mad Men, Young Adult) as Ellie, Jim Fitzgerald’s wife.
Manhunt: Unabomber is produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Discovery Channel and Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions. Emmy® Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes (Quarry, Banshee) is an Executive Producer, Director and serves as showrunner. Andrew Sodroski, whose Holland, Michigan topped Hollywood’s famed Black List for screenplays in 2013, created the series and serves as an Executive Producer. Jim Fitzgerald is a Consulting Producer on the project.
8:30pm Thursday October 5 on Discovery.