‘Mr. Mercedes’ Signs Up Emmy-Winning Ann-Margret

By December 22, 2016

A Stephen King series that tragically lost one of its stars earlier this year has picked up a big name to play a fascinating next-door neighbor.

Oscar-nominated actress Ann-Margret has joined Mr. Mercedes for Audience as Ida Silver, a character The Hollywood Reporter describes as “prickly, outspoken, self-serving, intimidating and vulnerable.”

She’ll play the next-door neighbor to Bill Hodges, a retired police detective played by Brendan Gleeson who is taunted by a killer, portrayed by 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, taking a dark turn for the kind of television shows David E. Kelley typically does.

Kelley is the creative mind behind such legal dramedies as Ally McBealThe PracticeBoston Legal and the medical drama Chicago Hope.

Ann-Margret was nominated for Oscars in 1972 and 1976 for Carnal Knowledge and Tommy. She did win Golden Globes for those films, however, as well as for 1984’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Who Will Love My Children in 1983.

In the 1990s, she played Ariel Truax in the Grumpy Old Men film series, and finished the decade as part of the popular football-based film Any Given Sunday. Ann-Margret is set to appear in Going in Style with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine this April.

Ann-Margret also has been nominated for six Emmys in her career, finally winning one in 2010 for a guest role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Audience, which is available on both DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, originally ordered a full season of Mr. Mercedes in May when the show starred Gleeson and Anton Yelchin. However, after Yelchin was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in his driveway, Kelley recast the role with Treadaway, best known for his work on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.

Audience has not announced when the series is expected to air, but filming should start early this coming year.

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