When Steven Soderbergh said he was done directing, he simply meant he was done with movies. The Ocean's Eleven and Traffic helmer has moved into television, first with the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra and now with 1900-set New York City medical drama called The Knick for Cinemax. Soderbergh was first attached to the Clive Owen project in May, and development appears to bemoving along with the addition of four cast members.
Deadline reports that Andre Holland (42, 1600 Penn), Juliet Rylance (Sinister), Eve Hewson (Blood Ties, This Must Be The Place) and Michael Angarano (Red State, Empire State) are now all on board to participate in the 10-episode first season of the period piece medical drama.
Here's how Deadline explains the characters' roles in the series:
Holland, repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management, will play Algernon, a gifted, black Harvard-trained surgeon who fights for respect in the hospital while trying to navigate his way through the racially charged turn-of-the-century NYC. Rylance will play Cornelia, a driving force whose passionate social work at The Knick will always play second fiddle to her wealthy father’s philanthropy toward it. Hewson will play Lucy, a young, naive nurse from the South who, like tens-of-thousands of others, has come to New York for adventure and finds more of it than she ever thought she would. Angarano will play Dr. Bertram “Bertie” Chickering Jr., an eager surgeon-in-training who gives up the chance to practice uptown in a wealthy hospital, for the romance and excitement of learning from a groundbreaking surgeon in the chaotic, downtown world of The Knick.
All 10 episodes of the season will be directed by Soderbergh and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, who penned Big Miracle and Raising Helen together. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month in New York.