EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Emmy nominee and SAG Award winner Matt Walsh boarded Apple Original limited series Manhunt on Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath.
Walsh will play Dr. Samuel Mudd, who treated John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg the night President Abraham Lincoln was shot. Mudd did not report Booth to authorities until a few days later and was later imprisoned for conspiring with the assassin.
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Manhunt is created by Emmy-nominated writer and producer Monica Beletsky (Fargo, Friday night lights), which is also the showrunner and an EP. The historical fiction conspiracy thriller is based on James Swanson’s bestselling book. Manhunt features black historical figures whose lives are tied to the escape, manhunt, and ensuing serious crime investigation, including Mary Simms (Lovie Simone), a former slave of Mudd. Anthony Boyle plays Booth.
Walsh joins the newly announced Tobias Menzies, who plays Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War and Lincoln’s friend, who has been driven nearly mad by the need to catch Booth and carry on Lincoln’s legacy; the president outlined his plans for reconstruction, issues that continue to reverberate to the present day.
Walsh played White House Communications Director Mike McLintock on HBO’s multi-Emmy series Veep in 65 episodes. His feature film credits include The Hangover, The Due Date, Office Christmas Party, Ghostbusters, Into the Storm, Stepbrothers, David Cross’ cult Sundance photo Hits, The Do-Over, Keeping Up With the Joneses, Life of the Party, Under the Eiffel Tower, Widows, among several others.
Walsh recently co-wrote and produced the feature comedy Unplug in which he plays alongside Eva Longoria. The pic, which hits theaters on April 22, centers on a married couple trying to put down their digital devices for a weekend to help rekindle their marriage. Walsh also stars in Longoria’s feature debut, Searchlight’s Flaming hot about janitor Frito Lay who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to transform Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into an iconic snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop culture phenomenon. Upcoming features include blue bolt, At Mandy Fabian’s Jess Plus None, not an artist with Haley Joel Osment, Robert Schwartzman, Dan Bakkedahl and Morgan Walsh; and Press PLAY opposite Danny Glover. Walsh recently starred as Professor Glen on ABC The Conners. He directed, wrote and produced the feature films, Highway and A better you. He co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and School with Amy Poehler, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts. As Deadline first reported, UCB plans to reopen cinemas as the pandemic subsides, with the comedy franchise recently purchased by Mosaic founder Jimmy Miller and former CEO/owner of onion Mike McAvoy with support from Elysian Park Ventures.
Walsh currently hosts The Second in Command podcast and is the CW’s co-host would i lie to you game show. Walsh is replaced by UTA and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
Walsh received two Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Veep in 2016 and 2017 and shared a SAG Comedy Series Cast Ensemble win for the hit HBO comedy in 2018.
Manhunt is produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios and co-produced by Lionsgate, in association with POV Entertainment, Walden Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. This is the first series order from Monica Beletsky’s overall deal with Apple TV+, which was recently renewed. Layne Eskridge executive produces with James Swanson, author of Edgar’s bestselling and award-winning book Manhunt: The 12-day pursuit for Lincoln’s killer. Michael Rotenberg and Richard Abate are executive producers for 3 Arts, and Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov are executive producers for Walden Media.