EXCLUSIVE: Get a Closer Look at Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway on 'Mr. Mercedes'


Ahead of AT&T Audience Network’s anticipated adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, ET has a closer look at the crime series’ central players: Detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) and Brady Hartsfield (Penny Dreadful’s Harry Treadaway).

On the upcoming series, which premieres Aug. 9, Gleeson plays a retired detective haunted by the gruesome killing of 16 people -- a crime that remains unsolved. “Every cop gets one they can’t shake. This is mine,” Hodges says, referring to the “Mercedes Killer.”

That killer is Hartsfield, a demented psychopath who taunts Hodges with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the former detective out of retirement. “You don’t need to worry, Ma. I’m taking care of us in that basement,” Hartsfield says to his mother (played by Kelly Lynch) about a secret plan he’s working on.

Hodges and Hartsfield soon end up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as the retired detective tries to stop the killer before he strikes again.

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Based on King’s 2014 hard-boiled detective series, Mr. Mercedes was adapted for TV by David E. Kelley, who is fresh off HBO’s hit adaptation of Big Little Lies, with Under the Dome and Lost director Jack Bender helming multiple episodes. The cast also includes Moonlight’s Jharrel Jerome as Jerome Robinson, UnREAL breakout Breeda Wool as Lou Linklatter, Ann Cusack as Olivia Trelawney, Mary-Louise Parker as Janey Patterson and Holland Taylor as Ida Silver.

Mr. Mercedes is just one of many King adaptations taking over our screens this summer. First up is Spike’s take on The Mist, one of ET’s can’t-miss shows of the summer, and later comes the long-awaited film adaptation of The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and a remake of It.

Mr. Mercedes premieres Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Audience Network (exclusively available through DirecTV).