Carla Gugino will play the female lead alongside Jack Huston and Cameron Britton in Season 2 of the Spectrum anthology series “Manhunt” from Lionsgate Television.
The first season of the anthology series focused on the story of the Unabomber. The new season, “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” will cover one of the largest manhunts in U.S. history, the search for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics bomber, and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Olympics security guard Richard Jewell.
Gugino is set to play Kathy Scruggs. Per Spectrum, Scruggs is a hard-drinking, tough-talking crime reporter for Atlanta’s biggest daily newspaper who gets the once-in-a-lifetime scoop that Richard Jewell may be the Olympic Park bomber. Breaking the biggest story in the world makes a Kathy a sensation – but her life unravels as evidence starts pointing against it being the truth.
Huston will play bomber Eric Rudolph, while Britton will play Jewell, the security guard who was falsely accused of the bombing.
Season 1 aired on Discovery Channel. In the new season, “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” Huston’s Eric Rudolph sets off a series of huge bombs before disappearing into the wilderness, where he successfully evaded a large manhunt for years.
Britton’s Jewell is the security guard who discovered a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and put his life on the line to save hundreds of people. Jewell became an international hero — until, in a Kafkaesque trial-by-media, he was falsely accused of planting the bomb himself. In “Manhunt,” Jewell will take on both the media and the FBI, fighting to clear his name and hold the most powerful voices in the country accountable to the truth.
Gugino was last seen as Olivia Crain in Netflix’s popular horror series “The Haunting of Hill House.” Her other television credits include “Wayward Pines” and “Roadies.” Her past films include “American Gangster,” “Watchmen,” and “San Andreas.” She will next be seen in upcoming Cinemax series “Jett” and will reprise her role as Emma Gaines in “San Andreas 2.”
Writer and creator Andrew Sodroski will executive produce with John Goldwyn and Michael Dinner.
Deadline was first to report the news.