Brian d'Arcy James, who recently concluded a Tony-nominated run in the new musical Something Rotten!, will be seen in two TV series.
Deadline.com reports that the singing actor has landed a role in Netflix's 13-episode series 13 Reasons Why, which co-stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford and Kate Walsh, as well as a recurring role in the TNT pilot Civil.
13 Reasons Why, which is based on Jay Asher's best-selling book, is created and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal's Brian Yorkey with direction by Tom McCarthy. Selena Gomez produces.
The series, according to the industry website, “follows a boy named Clay (Minnette) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah (Langford), following her recent suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to 12 peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving 13 reasons explaining why she took her life.”
D’Arcy James has been cast as Hannah’s father, a “pharmacist and small-business owner who deals with his daughter’s death by throwing himself into his work and trying to keep his store alive in the face of competition all while dealing with he and his wife’s over the loss of their daughter.”
The Broadway favorite will be seen as Graham Beller, who is described as a “very capable, reasonable but long-suffering news producer and sometimes wrangler,” in Civil, which is directed by Allen Coulter based on executive producer Scott Smith's script. The series, according to Deadline, “takes place in the wake of a hotly contested presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War.”
Neither production has announced its timetable.
In addition to his many Broadway outings, d’Arcy James was seen in the 2016 Oscar-winning film Spotlight.