Apple TV+ has released the trailer for its upcoming true crime limited series, “Manhunt,” starring Tobias Menzies, Lovie Simone, and Anthony Boyle.
Scheduled to premiere on March 15, the seven-part series is based on James L. Swanson’s non-fiction book, “Manhunt: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln’s Killer.” The trailer provides a glimpse into the historical thriller, narrating the intense pursuit of John Wilkes Booth following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
The official description highlights the historical significance of the crime and the subsequent manhunt, portraying the fight to preserve and protect the ideals that formed the foundation of Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans.
The series features Black historical figures whose lives intersected with the escape, manhunt, and subsequent investigation including Mary Simms (Simone), a former slave of the doctor who treated assassin John Wilkes Booth’s (Boyle) injury and gave him safe harbor after his crime.
Betty Gabriel, Will Harrison, Brandon Flynn, Damian O’Hare, Glenn Morshower, Patton Oswalt, Matt Walsh, and Hamish Linklater round out the cast.
Menzies plays Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s War Secretary and friend, who was driven nearly to madness by the need to catch Booth and to carry out Lincoln’s legacy.
Flynn plays Eddie Stanton Jr., a war department clerk and son of Edwin Stanton (Menzies). Gabriel portrays Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a famous fashion designer and friend of Mary Lincoln. Harrison is David Herold, John Wilkes Booth’s (Boyle) accomplice. Linklater portrays Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America. O’Hare is Thomas Eckert, Stanton’s right hand man and a telegraph expert. Oswalt portrays Detective Lafayette Baker’ a war department investigator. Taylor plays Mary Lincoln, the wife of President Abraham Lincoln and former First Lady of the United States of America.
Watch the trailer below.
Monica Beletsky, the series creator, also serves as the showrunner and executive producer. “Manhunt” is produced by Apple Studios in collaboration with Lionsgate Television, POV Entertainment, Walden Media, 3 Arts Entertainment, Dovetale Productions, and Monarch Pictures.
Executive producers include James L. Swanson, Carl Franklin, Layne Eskridge, and Kate Barry, along with Michael Rotenberg, Richard Abate, Frank Smith, and Naia Cucukov.
The limited series kicks off with the first two episodes premiering on March 15, followed by weekly releases until the finale on April 19.