Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Mysterious Benedict Society has found its first star in Tony Hale.
Update (2/26/2020): In a press release sent out on Wednesday (February 26), Hulu revealed that Veep and Arrested Development vet Tony Hale has officially joined the cast of The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Specifically, Hale will be taking on the role of Mr. Benedict himself, as well as his twin brother, Mr. Curtain.
Per the official character description, Mr. Benedict is “a rumpled, affable eccentric genius, he is the head of the Mysterious Benedict Society – a group of orphans he has recruited to save the world. While Mr. Benedict is reluctant to put the children in harm’s way, he feels there is no other choice. His Society is mysterious and so is Mr. Benedict himself; he is the genial, cunning mastermind.”
As for his twin brother, Mr. Curtain is described as “frustratingly sharp” and “well put-together (if villainous).”
Behind the camera, Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin will serve as joint show runners for the series. Meanwhile, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Matt Manfredi (writer/creator) and Phil Hay (writer/creator) will all serve as executive producers on the project.
Based on author Trenton Lee Stewart’s 2007 best selling young adult novel of the same name, news of the adaptation first broke back in September 2019.
Read up on what you can expect from the series below!
Original Story (9/12/19):
The Mysterious Benedict Society could be Hulu’s next big book-to-series adaptation!
According to The Wrap, Hulu is close to closing in on a straight-to-series order deal for The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Based on author Trenton Lee Stewart’s 2007 bestselling young adult novel of the same name, the story focuses on four gifted orphans who are sent off on a secret mission after being recruited by an eccentric benefactor.
Known collectively as the “Mysterious Benedict Society,” the four children are sent to investigate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened (L.I.V.E. for short).
Their mission? To stop the Sender of mysterious messages being transmitted to the public via television and radio that are causing worldwide panic.
The forthcoming book-to-series adaptation has already found its screenwriters in Phil Hay and Matt Manfried. The duo’s previous credits include Amazon’s newly launched actioncomedy, The Boys, plus the Ride Along films.
The adaptation of Stewart’s bestseller marks Hulu’s latest foray into adapting young adult novels into series.
In fact, the streamer is currently gearing up to premiere Looking For Alaska — a new series adapted from YA author John Green’s book of the same name.
It definitely seems like Hulu is looking to beef up their original content geared toward young adult viewers, so it’ll be interesting to see if the gamble pays off.
There’s currently no word on when we can expect The Mysterious Benedict Society to premiere.