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Cory Michael Smith to Join Frances McDormand in HBO Miniseries Olive Kitteridge

Cory Michael Smith to Join Frances McDormand in HBO Miniseries Olive Kitteridge
Cory Michael Smith
Cory Michael Smith will go head to head with Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge.'

Did Lucky Guy star Tom Hanks make a side trip to Breakfast at Tiffany’s last spring? Cory Michael Smith, who played Fred opposite Emilia Clarke in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning play, has been tapped by producers Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Frances McDormand for a leading role in Olive Kitteridge, according to Deadline.com. HBO’s four-part miniseries adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout is scheduled to begin filming in September, with Tony winner McDormand in the title role.

Olive Kitteridge centers on a straight-talking woman whose harsh judgments don’t endear her to others in her small New England hometown. Smith has been cast as Kevin Coulson, an ex-student of Olive’s who returns home. Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins will play Olive’s husband, Henry. The four-hour miniseries features a script by Jane Anderson and will be directed by Lisa Chodolenko (The Kids Are All Right).

Smith is on a hot streak, having also been tapped to co-star with Twilight headliner Kristen Stewart in the forthcoming indie movie Camp X-Ray, in which they will play American soldiers at Guantanamo. He made his Broadway debut in Breakfast at Tiffany’s after off-Broadway performances in The Whale, Cock and The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.

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