Two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development, and creator of Archibald’s Next Big Thing) has been cast to play the dual role of Mr. Benedict and his twin brother Mr. Curtain in The Mysterious Benedict Society for Hulu. Hale recently wrapped the one-man play Wakey, Wakey at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and is also featured in the Oscar-winning Toy Story 4 as the voice of “Forky.”
Based on the best-selling novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society is the tale of four gifted orphans who are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications, while creating a new sort of family along the way.
Mr. Benedict, a rumpled, affable eccentric genius, he is the head of the Mysterious Benedict Society – a group of orphans he has recruited to save the world. While Mr. Benedict is reluctant to put the children in harm’s way, he feels there is no other choice. His Society is mysterious and so is Mr. Benedict himself; he is the genial, cunning mastermind. Mr. Curtain is Mr. Benedict’s frustratingly sharp, well put-together (if villainous) twin brother, also to be played by Hale.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is executive produced by Sonar Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Matt Manfredi (writer/creator) and Phil Hay (writer/creator). Showrunners for the series are Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.
Production begins soon.