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Bob Odenkirk To Star In TV Adaptation Of ‘Straight Man’

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Actor Bob Odenkirk will the play the lead role in a new AMC adaptation of Richard Russo’s novel Straight Man

According to Variety, Odenkirk has been cast as the lead in the new dramedy series that is currently being fast-tracked in development at AMC.

Straight Man is described as a mid-life crisis tale set at Railton College, told in the first person by William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.

The series is being developed by Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein, who are adapting the book and would serve as co-showrunners and executive producers.

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The outlet added should the show be greenlit, it would be slated for a 2023 debut.

Bob Odenkirk is just as good as it gets. We feel so fortunate to be developing a new show that would keep him at AMC after ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment at AMC Studios.

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