Michael Keaton’s Hulu Limited Series Takes On Big Pharma


Michael Keaton is no stranger to true stories where lies are exposed within corrupt organizations, lest anyone forget his winner for Best Picture “Spotlight”, or for that matter, the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys “. But he is a relative stranger when it comes to television. “Dopesick,” an upcoming Hulu limited series about a pharmaceutical company that sparked the worst drug epidemic in American history, will bring Keaton to both, and fans of the old Batman (and the “Multiplicity” icon) ) can check out the first trailer below.

Hulu also announced the release date on the show’s TCA panel, setting the premiere for October 13. Per Hulu, here is the official synopsis:

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“Dopesick” examines how one company sparked the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s fight against opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed mining community in Virginia to the halls of the DEA. Defying all odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and exciting race to bring down the cowardly corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies.

Keaton, who is also an executive producer, plays Dr Samuel Finnix, a doctor who is wary of a new wonder drug imposed on him by Billy (Will Poulter), a young pharmaceutical salesman. Michael Stuhlbarg stars as Richard Sackler, a businessman and the biggest funder of drugs, while Kaitlyn Dever plays Betsy, a young underage who is prescribed opioids for a back disease and is addictive. devastating. Rosario Dawson plays a policewoman named Bridget Meyer who witnesses the effect of drugs on communities. John Hoogenakker, Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman complete the cast.

Danny Strong, who also wrote the limited series, joins Keaton as executive producers; Barry Levinson, who also directed; John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield, Beth Macy (who wrote the book “Dopesick” is based on) and Karen Rosenfelt.

Before becoming famous in “Beetlejuice” and “Batman”, Keaton appeared in several episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1974-’75), “All’s Fair” (1977), “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour” (1979 ), and “Working Stiffs” (1979), among other television programs.

“I’ve done things here and there on TV, but not a lot,” Keaton said. “Pound for pound, [TV] got so good in the last 10 years [or so]. Quality is quality, so in this case […] the writing was so good […] it just becomes very obvious; when you read something good it becomes very clear, very fast, and the words just jump off the page. To me it doesn’t matter [if it’s TV or film]. “

Watch the trailer for “Dopesick” below. The limited series begins Wednesday, October 13.

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