Uzo Aduba is set to star in Netflix’s limited series Painkillers. She will star alongside Matthew Broderick, West Duchovny, Dina Shihabi, and John Rothman.
Peter Berg will direct all of the six-episode series that will tell the story of the United States’ opioid crisis. Aduba will play Edie, an investigator leading the case against Purdue Pharma. While Broderick will portray Richard Sackler, scion of the billionaire Sackler family and senior executive at Purdue.
Duchovny will play Shannon, a new recruit to the Purdue sales team. Shihabi will appear as Britt, a veteran sales rep for Purdue. Rothman will play Mortimer Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma.
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are penning Painkillers and are using Patrick Radden Keefe’s New Yorker piece, “The Family That Built An Empire of Pain” and Barry Meier’s books “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit” and the “Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic” for material for the series.
Raddan Keefe and Barry Meier will consult.
Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster will write and serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series. Eric Newman will executive produce under his overall deal with Netflix. Berg and Alex Gibney will also executive produce.
Production on the six-episode limited series will begin later this year in Toronto.
Production is set to air later this year in Toronto.