Bob Odenkirk Set to Star in Upcoming Series Straight Man
As Bob Odenkirk‘s last season of Better Call Saul wrapping up this year, the Emmy- nominated Odenkirk has found his next starring role in AMC‘s Straight Man. The series is based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Richard Russo and has already received a series order that will consist of eight episodes.
The series will be adapted by Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein who will also serve as showrunners. They will also serve as producers alongside Odenkirk and Peter Farrelly who is also set to helm the pilot episode. Mark Johnson, Marc Provissiero, Naomi Odenkirk, and Russo will also be producing on the series.
Dan McDermott, the president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said in the press release:
“The saying goes ‘the third time’s a charm,’ but when it comes to Bob Odenkirk on AMC, the first and second times were about as charming, captivating, and viscerally entertaining as it gets … [W]e could not be more excited by the prospect of keeping Bob at home on AMC and watching him breathe life into another nuanced, complicated and unforgettable character.”
“I am thrilled that AMC is embracing the unique scenario and characters in Paul and Aaron’s adaptation of Straight Man. I have loved the mix of comedy and drama in Better Call Saul, and this is another story with a unique dynamic, and the kind of closely observed character writing and exploration that AMC has become the touchstone for. It’s going to be fun to play and watch!”
The series is described in the press release:
“Straight Man is a mid-life crisis tale set at Railton College, told in the first person by William Henry Devereaux, Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.”