Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years In Tibet, Black And White In Colour) is directing the series which is now being filmed in Montreal.
The drama series will star Dempsey in the title role of Harry Quebert, a literary star who finds himself accused of murder after the body of a fifteen-year old girl is discovered buried on his property. Ben Schnetzer (The thief book, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) propose a young author visiting Quebert, who will decide whether to conduct an investigation to attempt to prove the innocence of his mentor.
Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy, Bridget Jones's Baby will play Harry Quebert, the suspect, with Damon Wayans Jr. of Big Hero 6 and New Girl as police detective Sergeant Gahalowood. "I would commit to a show that is 10 to 12 episodes".
Connor Price is Young Travis Dawn, a rookie cop who falls love with Jenny Quinn, a former prom queen played by Tessa Mossey in her teenage years and by Victoria Clark in her adult years.
Masters of Sex writers Lyn Greene and Richard Levine wrote multiple episodes of the series and executive producer along with director Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar, and Fabio Conversi.
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"Annaud said: "'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' was the ideal project for my first American television venture.
The closed-ended series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures.
"Joel Dicker's exquisite thriller has captivated a worldwide audience with its complicated tale of love and lies". "We look forward to working with MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and this fantastic creative team as we continue our expansion into original scripted programming".
The actor has signed on for the lead role in Epix's straight to series adaptation of the best selling novel, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Epix this week premiered its TV adaptation of Get Shorty, starring Ray Romano and Chris Dowd.