We’ve been keeping a beady eye on Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes, which started in the US back in August of last year and hoping it would find a home in the UK. Now, almost a year after its US premiere, it finally has.
Not only does it star excellent British and Irish talent, it’s also based on the novel by cross-genre superstar, Stephen King, so we’re excited to hear it will land on Starzplay, the worldwide subscription service hosted by Amazon Prime.
Mr Mercedes sees 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:
[UPDATED] Series one of Mr Mercedes is available to view now and series two slated to start in the UK on 23rd August. No messing around.