Two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development, and creator of Archibald’s Next Big Thing) has been cast to play the dual role of Mr. Benedict and his twin brother Mr. Curtain in Hulu’s The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Tony Hale recently wrapped Wakey, Wakey, the one-man play at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and is also featured in Toy Story 4 as the voice of “Forky.”
Mr. Benedict, a rumpled, affable eccentric genius, is the head of the Mysterious Benedict Society – a group of orphans he has recruited to save the world. While Mr. Benedict is reluctant to put the children in harm’s way, he feels there is no other choice. His Society is mysterious and so is Mr. Benedict himself; he is the genial, cunning mastermind.
Mr. Curtain is Mr. Benedict’s frustratingly sharp, well put-together (if villainous) twin brother.
Based on the best-selling novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society is the tale of four gifted orphans who are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications, while creating a new sort of family along the way.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is executive produced by Sonar Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Matt Manfredi (writer/creator) and Phil Hay (writer/creator).
Showrunners for the series are Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin. Production is scheduled to begin soon.
From author Trenton Lee Stewart and illustrator Carson Ellis, the first book in the series of novels is described as follows:
“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed.
Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
The sequels include The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages. A prequel, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, was also released.