For a while there, seeing Bill Murray in a movie was like spotting a rare animal. Tales of his being difficult to reach and non-committal even when taking film roles were the stuff of legend, but it seems these days he just really wants to work. With roles already in three 2014 films — “Monuments Men,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “St. Vincent De Van Nuys” — and currently shooting Cameron Crowe‘s next effort, Murray has already signed up for his next gig.
He’ll be joining Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, John Gallagher Jr, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, Brady Corbet, Cory Michael Smith and the also recently added Rosemarie DeWitt in Lisa Cholodenko‘s HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.” Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Strout, and adapted by playwright Jane Anderson, the series will chronicle the dirty laundry of one, small New England town as seen through the eyes of the titular Olive (played by McDormand). Murray has nabbed the role of Jack Kennison, whom she befriends.
No word yet on when production begins but presumably soon as this one has been brewing for a while, adding cast members of the past few weeks and months. And where will Murray pop up next? As always, your guess is as good as ours. [Deadline]