Will Forte should star in Netflix Bodkin (w/t), Higher Ground productions by Barack and Michelle Obama, and wiip. Bodkin (w/t) is Higher Ground’s first scripted drama series on Netflix as part of the company’s overall deal with the streamer. Siobhan Cullen (The dry)Robyn Cara (Trying)David Wilmot (station eleven) and Chris Walley (The Last Voyage of Demeter) also feature in the dark and comedic seven-part thriller, which begins production in Ireland next week.
Created by Jez Scharf (Mr Cookies, The UnDream), Bodkin (wt) is a darkly comedic thriller about a ragtag team of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic Irish town on the coast. But once they start pulling the strings, they discover a much bigger and stranger story than they could have ever imagined. As our heroes attempt to discern fact from fiction – about the case, their colleagues and, most painfully, themselves – the series challenges our perception of truth and exposes the stories that we tell stories to justify our beliefs or validate our fears.
Strong plays Gilbert: Charming, outgoing and enthusiastic, Gilbert Power is an American podcaster looking for his next big story. Originally from Chicago, Gilbert’s family emigrated from Cork and hope to discover their Irish roots. Gilbert loves his job and uses his undeniable charm and natural warmth to uncover the truth of a story by gaining people’s trust and then weaving their memories, memories and theories into an engaging narrative. While his affect is innocent and charming, it’s clear there’s a lot more going on below the surface – something he hopes to avoid by coming to Ireland in search of material for his next podcast.
Cullen portrays Dove: Originally from Dublin, Dove is a missile in search of truth. A hard-nosed investigative reporter with a well-honed bullshit detector and a healthy disdain for authority and hypocrisy. People find Dove rude, “difficult”. But she believes she’s only telling the truth, which makes her completely blind to her own bullshit and hypocrisy. She is also funny. And brave. And brilliant. She can also be extremely charming and persuasive. Unfortunately, she’s in the midst of the biggest professional crisis of her career – and when you’re living your life as a lone wolf, your career tends to be all you’ve got.
Cara plays Emmy: Brilliant, funny, and eager to please, Emmy is a researcher and helped Gilbert curate this “T” podcast. But beneath her competent exterior, Emmy is clearly plagued by insecurities that she tries to hide with enthusiasm and comedy. Torn between the pointed Dove and the laconic Gilbert, Emmy struggles to find her own voice.
Wilmot portrays Seamus Gallagher: Seamus carries the weight and presence of a physically powerful man in his youth. Mercurial and mysterious, Seamus can activate the charm when it serves his needs, but he can just as quickly unleash outbursts of violence when he feels threatened.
Walley is Sean O’Shea: A resident of the village of Bodkin, Sean is a typical Irish country boy – carefree, ready to laugh and doesn’t seem preoccupied with the obligations or responsibilities that usually come with adulthood. He’s also involved in some pretty shady business and a situation where we learn he’s completely overwhelmed.
Scharf and Alex Metcalf (The loudest voice, sharp objects) serve as co-showrunners and executive producers with Barack and Michelle Obama and Tonia Davis for Netflix-based Higher Ground, as well as David Flynn and Paul Lee for wiip and Nne Ebong. Nash Edgerton is the lead director.
“We’re thrilled to partner with wiip on this wickedly tongue-in-cheek thriller that challenges everyone’s truth, narrative and very purpose,” said Tonia Davis, Head of Film and Television at Higher Ground. “This entire creative team – Jez, Alex, Nash and the phenomenal cast led by Will Forte and Siobhan Cullen – will bring something very special to life and we can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world.”