A high-profile casting for an Audience series that’s already lost one of its stars to a tragic accident already is being undone.
Ann-Margret is out of David E. Kelley’s Mr. Mercedes, and will be replaced by Holland Taylor. The Oscar-nominated actress had been set to play Ida Silver, a “prickly, outspoken, self-serving, intimidating and vulnerable” character that would be featured in the Stephen King adaptation.
However, Ann-Margret had to drop out after an illness in her family, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Taylor won an Emmy in 1999 for playing Roberta Kittleson in another Kelley series, The Practice. She would earn six more nominations after that, primarily for the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, which she played Evelyn Harper.
Since Two and a Half Men ended its run, Taylor appeared in the broken pilot Hollywood Mom with Ellen Barkin, and later in the family drama Kepler’s Dream.
Taylor’s Ida Silver is the next-door neighbor to Bill Hodges, a retired police detective played by Brendan Gleeson. She’ll likely have a front-row seat to Hodges being taunted by a killer, portrayed by Penny Dreadful‘s Harry Treadaway.
Hodges will find himself going any length necessary – including those that are well beyond the law – to try and bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.
Audience is available on both DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, and originally ordered a full season of Mr. Mercedes that at the time starred Gleeson and Anton Yelchin. However, Treadaway took over the murderer role after Yelchin was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in his driveway last year.
Also joining the series is Jharrel Jerome, who most recently starred in the independent film Moonlight, as Jerome Robinson. He’s described as a “high school student who does yard work for Hodges” and also helps Hodges with his computer stuff, and putting up a home surveillance.
Jerome played the teenage version of Kevin, who is played as an adult by Andre Holland. He’s also set to appear in Monster with Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle and Jennifer Hudson.
Mr. Mercedes will debut this fall on Audience.
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