Hamish Linklater Lili Taylor to Play Abraham and Mary Lincoln for Apple TV+
Manhunt — not to be confused with the Discovery/Spectrum Originals anthology series of the same name — is described as a true crime series that delves into the shocking events and aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It’s based on James Swanson’s book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.
Menzies (The Crown) stars as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s secretary of war and close friend who was nearly driven mad in his zeal to catch booth and carry out Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans after the Civil War. Boyle (Apple’s Masters of the Air) plays Booth. Simone plays Mary Simms, a former slave of Dr. Samuel Mudd (Walsh), who treated Booth’s broken leg after the assassin fled Washington.
Flynn (13 Reasons Why) will play Eddie Stanton Jr., Stanton’s son and a clerk in the War Department. Gabriel (Get Out) plays Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a famous fashion designer and friend of Mary Lincoln’s. Harrison (Daisy Jones & the Six) plays Booth’s accomplice David Herold. O’Hare (Pirates of the Caribbean) plays Thomas Eckert, Stanton’s right hand man. Oswalt (The Conners, Gaslit) plays Detective Lafayette Baker, a War Department investigator.
Monica Beletsky (Fargo, Friday Night Lights), who has an overall deal with Apple, is the creator and showrunner of Manhunt. She executive produces with director Carl Franklin; Layne Eskridge of POV Entertainment; author Swanson; Michael Rotenberg and Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment; and Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov of Walden Media. Apple Studios produces with Lionsgate, POV, 3 Arts and Walden Media.