The 10-episode limited series is based on the best-selling crime thriller from Joel Dicker. It is the tale of Henry Quebert, a “literary icon” who finds himself charged with murder after a girl’s body is found on his property.
Dempsey will play the title role. He starred for 10 years as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on the award-winning series “Grey’s Anatomy.” He left the series in 2015 and went on to star opposite Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” Dempsey first attained heartthrob status in the 1980s when he starred in films including “Can’t Buy Me Love.” He has also appeared in a number of other films and television series including “Enchanted,” “The Practice,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
The cast also includes Ben Schnetzer (“Snowden”), Damon Wayans, Jr (“New Girl”), and Virginia Madsen (“Designated Survivor”).
All ten episodes will be directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The French filmmaker previously directed films including “Enemy at the Gates” and “Seven Years in Tibet,” among others. This is his first foray into television.
“The Truth About the Henry Quebert Affair” will be produced by MGM in its second TV collaboration with EPIX. Just last week, the network debuted “Get Shorty,” which stars Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd. EPIX is a premium cable network that recently began to move into the ever-growing world of scripted television.
There is no word yet on when “The Truth About the Henry Quebert Affair” will premiere.