Based on Kem Nunn’s novel of the same name, “Chance” is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.
Laurie will star as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, he finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.
Hailing from Fox 21 Studios, the project, first reported by Deadline, is jam-packed with Lenny Abrahamson, hot off his Oscar-contender “Room,” attached as an exec producer and director for several episodes, plus Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives”), Michael London (“Milk,” “Trumbo”) and Brian Grazer (“Empire”) all serving as exec producers. Laurie and Nunn will also exec produce.
The project marks the first series to land at a streaming service for Fox 21, which is currently behind Showtime’s “Homeland,” WGN America’s “Salem,” and FX’s “Tyrant,” “The Americans” and “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Fox 21 is also producing FX’s hotly anticipated O.J. Simpson series, “American Crime Story.”
“Chance” is a big move for Hulu, which is amping up its slate of original content. Up next is James Franco’s “11.22.63,” which debuts Feb. 15, and also “The Path” from Jason Katims, which stars “Breaking Bad” alum Aaron Paul.
Nunn, Laurie, Abramson, Cunningham and London are all repped by WME. Abrahamson is also repped by Rachel Holroyd from Casarotto Ramsay and Laurie is repped by Christian Hodell from Hamilton Hodell.
“Chance” is slated for a 2016 launch.
EXCLUSIVE: House star Hugh Laurie is returning to primetime as the lead of another drama series named after the complex doctor at its center. Chance, a hot package that includes author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham and producer Michael London, has landed at Hulu with a two-season, 20-episode order for a late 2016 premiere. The series hails from Fox 21 TV Studios, marking the cable studio’s big entry into the SVOD space. It also represents a major move for Hulu as it is looking to establish itself as an original series player. The streaming service landed Chance by stepping up in a very competitive situation, bidding against established traditional networks, much the way Netflix nabbed House of Cards with a two-season order several years ago.
“It’s one of the rare situations when you have a burgeoning network that is saying, ‘we are going to plant our flag with this series’,” said Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke, acknowledging Hulu’s Mike Hopkins and Craig Erwich for their role in making the deal. “It’s also a beginning of what hopefully will be a new business for us with new partners, making this an even more exciting time for content creators.”
Based on Nunn’s novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s decent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.
Nunn and Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, Aquarius) wrote the TV adaption of Nunn’s novel and will executive produce, with Cunningham serving as showrunner. Abrhamson will executive produce and direct several episodes. Michael London (Milk) executive produces through his Groundswell Prods. Brian Grazer (Empire) also executive produces.
The project had been in the works since Chance was published in 2014. It was put together by WME, which reps Nunn, with London, who had been eyeing the book for a potential feature adaptation, and Cunningham, who considers noir her favorite genre, quickly coming on board. With Cunningham at the time under a development deal at 20th TV, London under a first-look deal at the studio’s cable division Fox 21 and Nunn working on Fox 21’s FX drama Sons of Anarchy, Fox 21 felt like a natural home for Chance. Salke immediately sparked to the idea, being a self-professed Kem Nunn fanatic with Nunn’s seminal Tapping the Source as one of his favorite books. In fact, Salke already had been pursuing the author for development. A spec pilot script by Kenn and Cunningham was commissioned.
Salke felt that was a tall order. “It was very challenging to get the depth and fullness of the book, but they did a phenomenal job, surpassing all expectations,” he said.
Meanwhile, after a lengthy courtship and careful consideration, Laurie, who had been the choice for the lead from the get-go, signed on to star some 18 months after he was first approached. In the years since House ended its run on Fox, the Golden Globe-winning actor had been heavily pursued to headline a new series but had turned down every offer. With Chance, he is all in, and already is actively working with the other executive producers. “Hugh has very strong feelings, and he will be involved in every aspect of production,” Salke said.
The script garnered strong interest from major directors, with Abrahamson emerging as the clear choice for the job based on his acclaimed work on awards contender Room, which has three Golden Globe nominations, including for best picture drama. With a pilot script and a map of the first season, which will follow the arc in Nunn’s book, as well as future seasons, the project was taken to the marketplace, triggering a heated bidding and eventually landing at Hulu. I hear the corporate tie between Hulu, which is partly owned by Fox 21 parent 21st Century Fox, and the studio, was not a factor, with Hulu securing the project by offering a big commitment.
Casting of the other roles on the show is already underway, with production likely to begin in the spring.
Hulu has been mounting a major push in high-end original programming, recently landing a Golden Globe nomination for one of its first major efforts, the Jason Reitman series Casual. Coming up is the Stephen King/JJ Abrams limited series 11/22/63 starring James Franco.
Nunn has developed a big cult following for his “surf-noir” novels, starting with the debut Tapping the Source. In TV, in addition to his work on SOA, he co-created with David Milch John From Cincinnati for HBO.
Nunn, Abrahamson, Laurie, who has been recurring on the HBO comedy Veep, Cunningham, who created the US adaptation of UK’s Prime Suspect, and London, who recently produced awards contender Trumbo, are repped by WME. Abrahamson is repped by Rachel Holroyd from Casarotto Ramsay and Laurie is repped by Christian Hodell from Hamilton Hodell. Nunn also is with Echo LakeManagement.
Actor Hugh Laurie, who played the eponymous character in Fox's 'House' series, will soon star in the Netflix show "Chance." (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
"House" star Hugh Laurie is making a return to television — sort of.
After a stint touring as a musician, the actor will be headed back into the studios to work on an upcoming show called "Chance," Deadline reports.
In the series, which will air on Fox-owned streaming site Hulu for an already confirmed two seasons, Laurie plays Eldon Chance, a SF-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who "reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness."
Laurie's character eventually finds himself in some danger when he somehow gets involved with an "alluring" client, who might be afflicted with multiple personality disorder. Her spouse, as it turns out, is both abusive, and a "ruthless police detective."
The story is based on a book by Kem Nunn, a California writer, who also wrote the TV adaptation.
Production is likely to begin in the Spring, which must mean scouting locations, as evidenced by a flier that appeared in the Mission district Wednesday.
Numb3rs and Rescue Me alumna Diane Farr has booked a recurring role opposite Hugh Laurie in Hulu’s drama series Chance. The project is from author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, producer Michael London and Fox 21 TV Studios.
Based on Nunn’s novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. Farr will play Christina, Chance’s (Laurie) ex-wife. Perpetually irritated and quick to sense criticism, Christina is now an aspiring photographer with a dyslexic personal trainer boyfriend and an endlessly renewable resentment toward her former husband. Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Stefania LaVie Owen also star.
Known for her previous roles in CBS’ Numb3rs and Rescue Me, Farr most recently recurred on Allegiance and Sin City Saints.
Chance has a two-season, 20-episode straight-to-series order for a late 2016 premiere.
My Name Is Earl alum Ethan Suplee has booked a series regular role opposite Hugh Laurie in Hulu’s drama series Chance. The project is from author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, producer Michael London and Fox 21 TV Studios.
Based on Nunn’s novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuro-psychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. Suplee will play D, a powerfully built, tattooed man of few words. To the extent he talks about his background, we gather he is ex-military and served in Afghanistan. These days he works under the radar doing antiques restoration. Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Stefania LaVie Owen also star.
Suplee, known for his roles as Randy Hickey on My Name Is Earl and Wayne on Jennifer Falls, also appears in Netlix’s The Ranch. He’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and attorneys Steve Warren and Dan Fox.
The two-time Golden Globe winner raves about 'Veep,' 'The Night Manager' and his new Hulu series, 'Chance.'
To hear Hugh Laurie tell it, he didn't so much choose to join AMC miniseries The Night Manager. Rather, he was such a big fan of the novel on which it's based that he had no choice but to accept when he was offered the role of corrupt billionaire Richard Roper — even if he once dreamed of playing the younger role of hotelier-turned-spy Jonathan Pine, which went to Tom Hiddleston.
"Honestly, I would have played anything going," Laurie tells The Hollywood Reporter during a sit-down at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "If they'd asked me to play the chef in the kitchen, I'd have done it. I'd have done the catering on the film set, actually. I just wanted to be involved. I just thought it was such a great story and was so happy that it was finally coming to the screen."
Passion projects appear to be the key to the actor's return to television. After finishing eight years of Fox's hit medical drama House, Laurie had the luxury of taking time off from TV in 2012. For the next few years, he toured with his jazz band The Copper Bottoms and even released his second album.
It wasn't until HBO's acclaimed comedy Veep that he returned to TV last year, and that appears to have opened the small-screen floodgates. (Multiple networks have repeatedly tried to bring him back to broadcast, with multiple straight offers on pilots — all of which the actor has passed on.) He currently stars in The Night Manager, reprises his role as Sen. Tom James for Veep's fifth season and has signed on for two seasons of Hulu's straight-to-series drama Chance.
These projects share one thing in common: Laurie already loved them before being approached to star in them. In the case of The Night Manager, he was such a big fan of the John Le Carre spy novel that he tried to option the rights to it when he first read it.
"I had worshipped Le Carre all throughout my teenage years, and of course all of his novels of the Cold War I consumed and read many, many times," Laurie says. "I think I was round about chapter three, I actually called my agent and asked would it be possible to option. I'd never done it before so I don't know what it means, actually optioning a book. But I was too late. It had already been snapped up by Sydney Pollack."
Although a big-screen adaptation never got off of the ground, Le Carre's son Simon Cornwell reconceived the project as a six-part miniseries. Naturally, Laurie jumped at the chance to play Roper as "the worst man in the world," a wealthy international arms dealer who masquerades as a humanitarian.
"I also thought that this was a subject that mattered: the sale of arms and high finance and high commerce. This was a worthy target for Le Carre to sink his teeth into, and by God, he did and does," Laurie says.
A similar reverence for artistry led to Laurie's involvement with Veep. Creator Armando Iannucci had learned of the actor's love for the show, and after he met with Laurie over lunch, Sen. Tom James was born as Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) running mate in season four.
"I think the entire cast is the best cast on television," Laurie raves. "Well, I can't say that now. I'm supposed to say The Night Manager. Second best. I just wanted to sort of be present. Again, I wouldn't really have minded if I was just standing there with a drinks tray. I would've been happy to watch her do what [Louis-Dreyfus] does."
"She's just the most astounding performer that I think I've ever seen, actually," he continues. "I've never seen her equal. She manages to sprint for hours. There are some people who are able to have bursts of brilliance, but [with her] it's like a continual hot flame that just burns for an entire season. It's just glorious and done with such grace, good humor and fun. It's like the best kind of HD, actually being there watching them do it. It was a 3D interactive experience."
That experience continues for him in season five. "I'm in about six episodes," he says. "There are about 10, and I think I'm in six. I come and go."
Laurie's participation in The Night Manager and Veep didn't require that much time overall. After eight years on House, it's not a surprise that the actor may have been wary of committing another chunk of his life to an ongoing series. But he's done just that with his newest project, Chance, which is based on Kem Nunn's novel of the same name. The Hulu series stars Laurie as San Francisco neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance and was already ordered for two full seasons ahead of its premiere later this year.
"I wasn't really thinking clearly about the two-year thing," Laurie admits. "I was thinking about the novel. I love the novel, I love the character. The world of it is fascinating to me. It's about neuropsychiatry. Neuroscience is the last sort of undiscovered continent. We're going to have people on Mars in probably 10 to 15 years, and yet we're still at the stage of leeches when it comes to understanding the brain and the extraordinary complexity of this three pounds of matter that makes up consciousness and who we are, or who we think we are."
Comparisons to the actor's previous role as Dr. Gregory House will no doubt be made, but Eldon Chance finds himself in far different circumstances when it comes to how much authority he can exercise.
"[Chance] finds himself in a sort of backwater of neuropsychiatry where his chances of actually healing anybody have diminished," Laurie says. "So he's become a sort of cog in the medical-legal machine. There are many legal and moral and ethical implications to the notion of responsibility. Is this person who got hit on the head or had a car accident and then a month later punched a guy in a restaurant -- are the two things connected? To what degree are people responsible for the composition of this lump in the head?"
Self-reflection and questions of autonomy are subjects that Laurie ponders often — whether it's Richard Roper's trust in Jonathan Pine, Sen. Tom James' thirst for power or Eldon Chance's interest in cognition.
"All the time we're adjusting things, and sometimes we look back at our own behavior and we can mystify ourselves," Laurie observes. "Why the hell — why did I do that? Why did I say that? What was actually going on in my head? And of course there are all kinds of hidden tides and currents at work in our brains that we're not aware of."
Veep airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO, and The Night Manager airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Hugh Laurie seen checking out a location for his new series
The 57-year-old was seen deep in thought checking out a cell at the abandoned prison, which is a popular draw with visitors to San Franisco.
Despite rumours of a second series of The Night Manager, Hugh is committed to a new project in the States.
He will play neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance - who lands in turmoil when mental illness and police corruption enter his world - in Chance.
The show is based on the book by Kem Nunn, who was spotted with Hugh at Alcatraz.
“His entourage appeared engaged with discussions throughout. It didn’t seem like a tourist, tick-the-bucket-list visit. Hugh was doing his best to avoid notice.”
TV bosses are so convinced Chance, on air later this year, will be a hit that they have signed Hugh up for two series’.
Hugh Laurie has been signed up for two more series of the new American series
Talking about the role Hugh said: “Eldon has become a sort of cog in the medical-legal machine.
“There are many legal and moral and ethical implications to the notion of responsibility.
“He finds himself in a sort of backwater of neuropsychiatry where his chance of actually healing anybody have diminished. I love the novel, I love the character.
“Neuroscience is the last sort of undiscovered continent. The world of it is fascinating to me.
Hugh Laurie looks at a cell in Alcatraz
Chance sees Hugh return to fronting a big budget American show after taking a screen break following the end of House, where he also played a maverick doctor.
Last month Hugh got Night Manager fans excited after hinting another series of the show could be made, despite there not being another book to base it on.
Hugh Laurie looking around the former prison
He said: “There is a glimmer of possibility. I can’t say more than that.
“It’s actually not my place to say it because I won’t be the one to write it or construct it, and I don’t even know what story and who would be involved in constructing that story but I hear rumblings.”
Let’s hope someone takes a chance on it.
Hugh Laurie is returning to television this fall in “Chance” — a major pitch by Hulu for equity with Netflix. The series, launching Oct. 18, was announced some months ago, but Laurie — possibly the best actor in the history of television to have never won an Emmy — spoke of it Wednesday at Hulu’s upfront presentation. The fast-growing streaming site also previewed a clip of Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” which will arrive in theaters and stream on Hulu in the fall.
Of “Chance” — the most recent novel by Kem Nunn, about a San Francisco neuropsychiatrist — Laurie had this to say: “Underneath there’s a story of passion, love, violence, fear joy, and the profound exploration of what it is to be human.” Then he quipped: “That’s in the first 90 seconds.”
The protagonist “could be any one of us, if we were to suffer some perfect storm of loss that can suddenly separate us from identity. This is where Eldon Chance works . . . a man who made one tragic mistake becomes involved in the life of one of his patients, played by the luminous Gretchen Mol.”
There are good reasons to be interested in all of this: Hulu, which will reach 12 million subscriptions by the end of May, wants its own perfect storm of rapid growth fueled by originals, including “The Path” (which just got a second season).
The streaming service Wednesday also confirmed it is jumping on the “skinny bundle” bandwagon, offering broadcast shows in real time (with the exception of CBS, which is not a partner).
But the Beatles — yes, the Beatles — and Laurie are a bigger part of the growth strategy. The clip featured the band playing an early gig at the ABC Cinema in Manchester, on Nov. 20, 1963 — chilling in one sense, because it was two days before John Kennedy’s assassination, but also exhilarating because the picture was crystal-clear. Howard — in a closed circuit address to the crowd along with Sir Paul McCartney — said the film will include never before seen footage.
“Chance” is the real long ball this fall, however. When Laurie left “House” in 2012, he indicated — strongly — that he was done with TV, and done with Hollywood, saying it was too far to travel from his family. He truly seemed resigned — happily — to a future without the golden handcuffs.
Then came “Veep” and “The Night Manager,” which arrived on AMC last week to raves.
As for “Chance,” its author Nunn, who’s also serving as executive producer, is, quite simply, a fascinating figure. He was allied with David Milch on the final season of “Deadwood,” and later went on to co-create “John from Cincinnati,” which remains one of the most perplexing failures in HBO history (but also continues to stream on HBO Go).
Nunn — whom the literary trade press refers to as the master of the “surf noir” genre — was also a co-executive producer-writer on the last couple of seasons of “Sons of Anarchy,” which was one of the most successful series in cable and television history. (So there you have it.)
In an interview with Bookpage a couple of years ago, he said he decided to set “Chance” in San Francisco because it’s a “cool, gray city at the edge of a particularly turbulent sea, with its hills and valleys, its ever-shifting winds and fog — a useful enough metaphor in a story about secrets and hidden agendas.”
Now he’s behind the most important show in Hulu history. A big risk? Sure, but as he told Bookpage: “There’s a saying among surfers — if you never go, you never know. I would say that applies to life in general, and certainly to the making of art, in whatever medium. Fear of failure can be paralyzing. So take the plunge. As William James said, it’s all about faith or fear. Choose faith.”
The latest book-to-TV adaptations include offerings starring Oprah, Hugh Laurie, John Boyega, and Elisabeth Moss
Posted May 16 2016 — 3:26 PM EDT
Call it lit fit to binge-watch. Everything from high school classics to new thrillers are coming to TV, with some of Hollywood’s buzziest stars attached. Here’s where the latest adaptations stand — but don’t worry, you have some time to play catch-up.
The Show: HBO, date TBD
The Lowdown: This nonfiction book details the remarkable afterlife of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical-cancer cells were used to develop cures for scores of diseases and made many rich — though the Lacks family never received a penny. Skloot’s page-turner will come to life in a TV film starring Oprah Winfrey, who’ll play Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah. “[The story] speaks to numerous themes that resonate today,” says EP Alan Ball. “Race, class privilege, medical ethics, the nature of family and friendships.”
The Show: Netflix and BBC One, 2017
The Lowdown: Adams’ beloved 1972 tome about rabbits trying to escape human intrusion and destruction has already been adapted as a TV series, but this time Netflix and BBC One will turn the tale into a four-part CGI-animated miniseries, voiced by British heavyweights like John Boyega, James McAvoy, Ben Kingsley, and Nicholas Hoult. “This novel presentation of Adams’ work pairs great talent with beautiful animation and will delight existing fans,” says Netflix’s VP of Global Television, Larry Tanz.
The Show: Hulu, late 2016
The Lowdown: Hugh Laurie is back playing doctor, this time as a San Francisco forensic neuropsychiatrist who gets caught up in a web of violence, police corruption, and mental illness. Already picked up for two seasons, the thriller will “pretty much be the book” for its first run, author Kem Nunn says. But in subsequent seasons, the show will be an “ongoing conversation.” He says, “For Hugh and [Room director] Lenny [Abrahamson] to sign on was huge.”
The Show: Hulu, 2017
The Lowdown: Elisabeth Moss was just cast as the 1985 novel’s narrator, Offred, one of the only remaining fertile women in a dystopian world ravaged by environmental disasters and dropping birthrates. “It’s a story that is at once terrifyingly relevant today on an epic global scale and also deeply personal and intimate,” the Mad Men alum says of Atwood’s Booker Prize-nominated tale. “The themes of the handmaid’s fight for her life and her freedom are universal and both horrific and deeply hopeful.”
Jul 12, 2016 10:15 am
Chance star Hugh Laurie in Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, October 2011. Screengrab: DoubleAdaFool
Hey, everybody! Do you look "Down & Out," "International," or like a cop? Have some free time the next couple of weeks? Want to make $104...or more? Then the Hulu TV series Chance might have a gig for you!
According to a notice sent by San Francisco-based Beau Bonneau Casting, the "psychological thriller starring Hugh Laurie" (among others) is seeking all sorts of types for paid extra work on shooting days ranging from Thursday through 7/25. The show, which as previously reported is based on a two-year-old novel by California writer Kem Nunn centering on neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance (Laurie) "who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness," will premiere on Hulu on October 19, Deadline reported last month.
The series is shooting Mondays through Fridays "mostly in SF!" the casting notice says, including numerous scenes in which San Francisco will play the part of Oakland. First the Warriors, now this? Sorry, Oakland!
For Thursday, Chance is seeking (sic throughout) "Hipsters, Business types after work, Tough Thug types & Down & Out types" for scenes that will be shot "in SF, but it’s Downtown Oakland at night in the story with a mix of people in the streets."
On July 19 and 20, they're looking for folks available for both days for a "'casual Oakland' neighborhood strip mall scene shooting in SF" with a "mix of daytime pedestrian traffic, young adults, workmen, panhandlers, Uniformed Police, Detectives."
Also on Wednesday the 20th — and this one is my favorite — they're looking for "Featured Massage Parlor Masseuses - International-looking Women 21 - 35, Eastern European, African, Latin American , etc. Dir will photo select a couple women to appear to be rushed out of Parlor in states of undress (& possibly handcuffs) with 'clients' by Police."
THIS COULD BE YOUR BIG BREAK LADIES! Interested applicants should "submit with subject line 7/20 Masseuse, Your Name, Approx Age, City you live in, Cell # & include a non-smiling or closed-mouth smiling pic." Just, remember, don't get too undressed or there'll be big trouble for your location manager.
The casting agency also reminds those "willing to portray rough or gritty character roles, e.g. Thug, Homeless, Addict, Prostitute, etc., send more pics! Dress for the part, with natural, un-styled hair, no make up. & Take non-smiling close up & standing pic (no sunglasses)."
And of course there are rough and gritty characters, for as previously reported, "Chance’s decent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind." And in the shadowy recesses of the human mind, no one wears makeup and handcuffed, possibly undressed massage parlor employees never, ever smile.
Think you've got what it takes? If so, here's the full casting notice. Good luck!
Beau Bonneau Casting is seeking SF Bay Area local Men & Women 18+ for Paid Extra Work on new Hulu series ‘Chance’, a psychological thriller starring Hugh Laurie, shooting M-F through mid Oct. mostly in SF! WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING: Available adults to portray the types below:
* Thurs 7/14 - SF - Hipsters, Business types after work, Tough Thug types & Down & Out types. Shoots in SF, but it’s Downtown Oakland at night in the story with a mix of people in the streets. Likely 8 hrs or less, afternoon to wee hours of Fri morning
* Mon 7/18 - Redwood City - Courtroom Lawyers, Aides, Jury, Bailiff, Sheriffs, Gallery & a REAL Court Reporter with Stenograph Machine. Shoots in Redwood City, *Special Rate for Court Reporter with machine. Tell us about your experience & include pic of machine
* Tues 7/19 - Wed 7/20 - SF - 2 Day Shoot.Casual “Oakland” neighborhood strip mall scene shooting in SF. Mix of daytime pedestrian traffic, young adults, workmen, panhandlers, Uniformed Police, Detectives.
*Wed 7/20 - SF - Featured Massage Parlor Masseuses - International-looking Women 21 - 35, Eastern European, African, Latin American , etc. Dir will photo select a couple women to appear to be rushed out of Parlor in states of undress (& possibly handcuffs) with “clients” by Police.,Submit with subject line 7/20 Masseuse, Your Name, Approx Age, City you live in, Cell # & include a non-smiling or closed-mouth smiling pic
* Mon 7/25 - Warehouse Store Shoppers & Employees, Barista, Park Goers & Neighborhood Bar Patrons, middle-age Waitress, Bartender. Likely in SF, but TBD, Daytime shoot, must be free 6AM to later evening hours.
Hours/Parking/Food/Rates: Shoots last 10-12 hours on average. Start times unknown until night before. You must be avail all day, i.e. 6AM to late evening without conflict. Free Parking, a meal & snacks/drinks are provided. In SF, Non Union Extras get a min. payment of $104.00 for 8 hrs or less, plus overtime at time & ½ based on the SF min wage $13/hr. In Redwood City, Extras get the CA State Min Wage $10/hr, a minimum payment of $80 for 8 hours or less plus overtime. Addl pay applies if cast with: Car $20, Dog $12, Bicycle $12, Luggage, Camera $5.
Employment Requirements: Extras must present valid ID on set for I-9 paperwork or you will be turned away. U.S. Citizens can use a current U.S. Passport alone or must have both a valid Drivers License or State Photo ID, with Social Security Card or Birth Certificate. Non U.S. Citizens must have a Green Card, Permanent Resident Card or Work Authorization from Dept. of Homeland Security. Production uses a payroll company and it typically takes 10-15 business days to receive your check.
HOW TO SUBMIT: If Bay Area local and avail for weekday extra work, email the following to Chancebbcextras@gmail.com:
* Subject line: Avail date(s), Your Name, Approx Age, City you live in, Cell #
* Union Status: Non Union or SAG-AFTRA# (include pic of SAG-AFTRA card)
* Ht, Wt & Sizes best you know them
* Take & Attach 2 new color camera phone photos, 1 chest-up smiling & 1 standing (no hats/sunglasses) so we can see your current look
* If willing to portray rough or gritty character roles, e.g. Thug, Homeless, Addict, Prostitute, etc., send more pics! Dress for the part, with natural, un-styled hair, no make up. & Take non-smiling close up & standing pic (no sunglasses).
Photo approval/selection may be requested by the Director. We need new snapshots, no headshots/links. We'll contact you if we might be able to cast you.
Hugh Laurie has found his darkest role yet, as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. Hullu’s scripted drama, Chance is based on a Kem Nunn novel.
Laurie talked about the character in wrist-slitting detail at TCA:
“My father was a doctor, a general practitioner,” he said, recalling Christmas’s past when Dad would get gifts from grateful patients – a handmade pair of socks, a bottle of wine, with a note attached, saying, “Dear Doctor, thank you for lancing my boils.”
“He did things that made people’s lives better,” Laurie said.
Neuropsychiatrists, on the other hand, don’t heal anybody, Laurie said, talking about ones with whom he has spoken. The best they can do, he said, is manage “incredibly damaged” people. “Nobody leaves their offices doing cartwheels,” he said, adding “I don’t think I’d last a week.” He also described the job as holding someone’s hand and guiding them through something that is almost un-survivable. Eldon Chance, he said has, when we meet him, paid about as much a toll as he can pay, knowing he’s not making a difference.
But that is what “all of us want to have on our gravestones: ‘They made a difference,’ Laurie added, cheering up the ballroom a negative 20%. “It’s a modest ambition but a pretty important one.”
The former House star dismissed a question as to similarities between this doctor role, and that of Dr. Gregory House, who he played on Fox. The world of one, he said, is “infinitely removed from that other world.”
Chance includes author/EP Kem Nunn, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, and EP Michael London; it landed at Hulu with a two-season, 20-episode order for a late 2016 premiere. The series hails from Fox 21 TV Studios, marking the cable studio’s big entry into the SVOD space. It also represents a major move for Hulu as it is looking to establish itself as an original series player. The streaming service landed Chance by stepping up in a very competitive situation, bidding against established traditional networks, much the way Netflix nabbed House of Cards with a two-season order several years ago. Deadline Hollywood
The 1-Sentence Pitch: “It is a story of obsession — a man whose life stands to be either destroyed or rescued by his obsession,” says Hugh Laurie, who stars as San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Eldon Chance in this adaptation of Kem Nunn’s psychological thriller. “He is playing with fire. Gretchen Mol is playing the role of fire in this analogy. Will it warm him or will it burn down the house?”?
What to Expect: The spark occurs when Chance, who’s both overwhelmed with all the suffering he sees in his work and his inability to do anything and adrift in his own divorce and money problems, meets Jaclyn (Mol). She’s a patient who may or may not be suffering from multiple personality disorder but who definitely appears to have an abusive husband who is also, as it turns out, a police detective. “He cannot figure her out, and I hope the audience will have the same sort of response,” Laurie says. “Is she genuinely the damaged creature who’s coming to him for help, or is she a sort of figment of his rather fevered imagination?”
The Doctor Almost Wasn’t In: Laurie, who’s also an executive producer on the show, was hesitant to play another doctor after Fox’s House, but he was drawn to Chance’s melancholy — something so different from what his father experienced as a general practioner. “I remember come Christmas time, some grateful patient would knit him a pair of socks or someone would send him a bottle of wine. I spoke to a forensic neuropsychiatrist in London, and I said, ‘Does that ever happen to you? Do patients send you birthday cards and Christmas cards?’ He said, ‘No, they don’t. Because ultimately I don’t heal anybody.’ There was something so mournful in this confession that the best a psychiatrist can hope for is to manage a problem, not solve it,” Laurie says. “The best you can hope for is the least bad option. That’s the world Chance is in.” — MB
Everyone's favorite doctor is checking back in – sort of.
PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu's new original series Chance starring Hugh Laurie as a forensic neuropsychiatrist who gets caught up in the criminal underworld.
The former star of Fox's House will take on a completely different role in the dark psychological thriller as Dr. Eldon Chance, a doctor who is sucked into a violent and dangerous cycle of mental illness, mistaken identity and police corruption. After making a bad decision about one of his patients, he finds himself targeted by the woman's dangerous spouse, a volatile police detective.
The suspenseful trailer features Dr. Eldon Chance appearing on edge after getting in way over his head with his beautiful patient, Jaclyn Blackstone (Gretchen Mol) and feeling the wrath from her husband Raymond Blackstone (Paul Adelstein).
Chance, based on the book by Kem Nunn, premieres Oct. 19 exclusively on Hulu.
Between The Night Manager, Veep, and now Chance, a new Hulu series adapted from a nasty Kem Nunn novel, Hugh Laurie has had an exceptional year in television. The Hulu program stands out slightly above the rest, considering its resonant dialogue with the Oxford-born Laurie's most famous role. Like House, the medical drama that made him a household name and a mainstay on awards shows, Chance is an analytically stimulating series about a tortured doctor that takes a Laurie character's full-of-import last name as its title.
But Chance exercises a strikingly different side of the actor: Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist based in San Francisco, is flawed and brooding, yes, but also soft-spoken, discreet, and considerably low-charisma — traits that don't quite fit the TV vogue for pushy, take-charge antiheroes. Here's a typical beat: While conducting internet research at home, Chance reaches for a refill of wine; he realizes the bottle is empty, puts it back without a shrug, and then looks thoughtfully into the distance.
For Chance, the patients who greet him on a daily basis are little more than manila folders to be passed from one end of the desk to the other. He is strictly a "consulting neuropsychiatrist" — he doesn't treat patients long-term but rather on an assess-and-refer basis, seeing them for a narrow period before recommending a course of action — and the show opens with a day-in-the-life sketch that elegantly suggests the tribulations of such work. Via voiceover (performed by Laurie with clinical remove), Chance delivers a sampling of the mini-narratives he churns out every afternoon: a "53-year-old right-handed man" who, years after suffering a stroke, swallows a cocktail of household cleaners, or a "42-year-old right-handed woman" who, after being assaulted on the sidewalk, falls victim to drink and homelessness.
As directed by Lenny Abrahamson and edited by Nathan Nugent, these vignettes effectively melt together, the images of pain and struggle — the 53-year-old man strapped to a respiratory machine, the 42-year-old woman camped out near a tent — strung together by Chance's fatigued body language. (Abrahamson and Nugent collaborated on last year's Room.) Laurie leans on little touches — a twisting of the glasses, a twirling of the tape recorder, an occasional under-the-breath expletive — to communicate both the internal agony of the gig and the lethargy that comes with being a longtime practitioner of it.
Chance might have continued on this path of financially cushy, emotionally manageable toil if circumstances hadn't sent him into the tailspin of a midlife crisis. In the delectably foreboding voiceover that concludes the pilot episode, he turns his objective diagnostic insight on himself: "Of late he is increasingly aware of a mental state he finds to be dark and unstable. He fears he has been drawn to the precipice of some new and terrible reality, and that now, having stumbled, he will be unable to keep from falling."
Fueling Chance's state of uncertainty are knotty divorce proceedings (he's the target of an IRS audit concerning his ex-wife-to-be's photography business); a sharp-witted daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen) anxious about changing schools and her parents' splitting up (her teachers have discovered marijuana stems in her lunchbox); an ethically murky antiques deal with a local shop-owner (David Simon regular Clarke Peters); and a husky handyman/fixer who goes by "D" (Ethan Suplee).
Above all, there's Chance's growing infatuation with a new patient, Jaclyn Blackstone (Gretchen Mol), who appears to be caught in an abusive marriage with a brash Oakland detective (Paul Adelstein). Chance's appointment with Jaclyn begins like any other: a standard-procedure back and forth recapping her behavioral and medical history. But in this case his questioning turns up an alternate, potentially destructive persona of hers, "Jackie Black," who, shunting Jaclyn's claims of being "separated," maintains a sexual attraction to the detective husband.
Chance and Jaclyn's relationship quickly evolves into something grander and more urgent than a one-time consultation, its emotional trajectory helped along by the example of Vertigo — Eldon Chance is yet another well-meaning, gentle-seeming, psychologically disturbed authority figure who falls under the spell of a two-personality blonde on up-and-down Bay Area streets.
But the early scenes between Laurie and Mol — a chance (seriously) encounter in a bookstore, a café visitation after a violent episode — are truly lovely, rare flashes of middle-aged adults just talking, not yet wanting too much or even anything specific from each other. (Mol understandably seems less present a couple of episodes later, when Jaclyn, purportedly acting under the influence of "Jackie Black," falls into Chance's arms and says, "You're my knight.")
Seeing these two intelligent actors feed off each other is a pleasure that supersedes the intermittent errors of embellishment, like the beat that finds the score worriedly swelling up just as Chance leans in and tells Jaclyn, "You just referred to yourself in the third person." Flubs like these fall away when stacked up against the power of the café scene's radiant close-ups of Laurie and Mol — both looking practically right into the lens as their characters strive for common ground.
The other paramount figure is D, a brick house–built factotum with a set of skills that would impress Liam Neeson on a grumpy day. Living out of a workshop in the antiques store, he spends his days completing odd-job assignments for customers and passion projects for himself, like the tomahawk blades he refines for buddies serving in Afghanistan. D maintains a fast-food-oriented diet (Big Gulps, burgers) and formulates dimestore-philosophy theories ("There are no victims — only volunteers") that must sound like music to the ears of the over-read, overeducated Chance. Once D satisfies Chance's antiques task, the psychiatrist recruits him for the more perilous challenge of getting dirt on Jaclyn's husband. In the fourth and fifth episodes, the show turns into a ludicrously fun following exercise — all fog-shrouded, winding-road shots of Chance and D peeking through dashboards, taking photos, acquiring evidence.
Along the way, Chance sees Laurie shedding the fast-clip cadences and cane-wielding hostility of House for a slower, more gradual approach. At the climax of the show's fifth episode, as D wanders offscreen on a pivotal nighttime mission, Laurie fascinates even during a chunk of downtime in a sedan. For nearly two full minutes, Chance — his long face clean-shaven and tired-looking — gets to work killing time. He rolls down his window, taps his knees, reads from a book, and fiddles with the volume on D's music. It's a segment of wonderful ease, the calm before the storm, and with it, and his quiet, unfussy command, Laurie proves one thing: He never needed that cane in the first place.
Chance airs on Hulu.