Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes set to premiere in US next week

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Stephen King, that hugely popular writer of the occult, supernatural and, more recently, hardboiled crime fiction will be coming to an American TV screen near you (if you live in the US) very soon, thanks to DirecTV satellite network, AT&T Audience. It looks like a cracker, and it’s set to premiere in the US next week.

The always-brilliant Brendan Gleeson stars as Bill Hodges, a detective way past his prime who gets his groove back when the psychopathic killer (British actor Harry Treadaway) from a high-profile cold case re-emerges to mock the old man.

Hodges is still bothered by the one case he couldn’t solve, a tragedy where innocents waiting to get into a job fair were maimed and murdered by a man in a clown mask who mowed them down in a stolen Mercedes. But that cop’s life is in the rear-view mirror, and much of Hodges’ sedentary existence since then revolves around beer and highly caloric food.

Old wounds are reopened when Hodges begins receiving strange letters, videos and emails with a wicked smiley face from the “Mercedes Killer,” aka Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway), a computer-store clerk who has an incestuous relationship with his mother (Kelly Lynch) and holds down a second job as an ice-cream vendor to keep an eye on Hodges and his associates.

Here’s a trailer:

The series will premiere on AT&T Audience Network on 9th August, but unfortunately, there’s no news on a UK pick-up. Yet. Surely a series of this pedigree will be picked up in Europe. Let’s hope so.

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