Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth has been cast in David Cronenberg's Knifeman, Deadline reports.
Roth will star in the series, based on Wendy Moore's biography of John Tattersall, an 18th-century self-taught surgeon, whose methods were unorthodox to say the least. Using thousands of human corpses, many of which were purchased from body-snatchers, Tattersall attempts to discover the secrets of the human body.
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Cronenberg, who's known for his visceral horror films including Videodrome
and The Fly
, will direct the pilot of the straight-to-series project. He will also serve as an executive producer.
The series, which will be pitched to major networks soon, is written by Friday Night Lights
' Rolin Jones
and Ron Fitzgerald, who also serve as executive producers along with Sam Raimi
, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski.Knifeman
is Roth's second American series. He most recently starred on the Fox procedural Lie to Me