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Ben Mendelsohn to Star in HBO Adaptation of Stephen King's The Outsider

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Ben Mendelsohn (Star Wars: Rogue One) has been tapped to star in the The Outsider, an upcoming HBO limited series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King.

The Outsider is a supernatural thriller about the investigation into a boy's brutal murder that's plagued by creeping malevolent forces. These supernatural forces cause the case's lead investigators, a seasoned police officer and another more unorthodox officer to question everything they know and believe is real.

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As Deadline reports, Mendelsohn will also produce the series which being co-created and executive produced by Richard Price, the mind behind HBO's critically-acclaimed limited series The Night Of, and Jason Bateman's Aggregate Films.

King's book was published last May by Scribners and optioned for a ten-episode limited series by the premium cable network back in June. Price will write the series, and Bateman may co-star and is expected to direct show's the first two episodes, like he did for his Netflix series Ozark.

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Ben Mendelsohn is best known for his roles as Director Orson Krennic in Rogue One and as the villain Nolan Sorrento in Ready Player One. He returns to TV with The Outsider. Previously, Mendelsohn won an Emmy for his work on the Netflix series Bloodline.

Mendelsohn will also appear in Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson, Jude Law and Samuel L. Jackson and is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Captain Marvel will hit theaters on March 8, 2019.

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