Fifty Shades' Jamie Dornan Lands Next Power-Hungry Role In New TV Show
Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan has landed his next power-hungry role on a new TV show. He will be shaking things up from his time as Christian Grey. The actor will star in a new show that is part of a rising TV trend. Dornan has boarded the upcoming television adaptation of a podcast.
Jamie Dornan will star in the lead role of Dr. Christopher Duntsch in the television adaptation of Wondery’s Dr. Death. For reference, Dr. Death is a podcast that tells the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Now to some background regarding the real-life character and the series’ premise.
Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jamie Dornan) was a rising star in the Dallas medical community. He was creating a successful neurosurgery practice in the area. However, there was a big issue. He performed complicated, routine spinal surgeries, and yet patients were leaving his care worse off than when they came in. They were either rendered maimed or…dead. Hence, the title.
Dr. Death does not have a broadcast home yet. The series is currently getting the shopping treatment at networks and streamers, per Variety. You would think that it would find a home quickly considering the star-power at hand.
Jamie Dornan said that he would not take another job like Fifty Shades of Grey again and he is staying true to that. The actor, who has revealed that he is shy in real life, is no stranger to television. Before becoming a sensation with his high-profile role in the erotic drama franchise, Dornan starred on The Fall.
In the thriller series (currently streaming on Netflix), Jamie Dornan played Paul Spector, a deranged psychopathic serial killer. Now, Dornan will play a doctor who took an oath to do no harm, only to wreak a lot of it. I think Dornan's performance on The Fall was one of his best, so adding another television series to his repertoire is an exciting prospect for him.
Dr. Death comes on the heels of the successful run of another Wondery podcast adaptation -- Dirty John. The first season of the anthology series bowed last year. Dirty John starred Connie Britton and Eric Bana in the lead roles. The series will be moving from Bravo for its second season.
Maybe Dirty John and Dr. Death can end up on the same network? Just a thought. They would be great shows to have air back-to-back.
Starring opposite of Jamie Dornan will be Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. Baldwin and Slater will both play surgeons that are determined to bring down Dornan’s “Dr. Death.” All around a great trio of talent to lead the series.
Dr. Death has yet to find a home or get a premiere date, so stay tuned. You can currently catch Jamie Dornan in the TV series The Fall on Netflix, among other premieres. For more television options, check out this summer’s premieres.
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