As of late, we’ve been living in a Stephen King renaissance. Every since IT hit theaters in 2017 and exceeded expectations studios have been scooping up Stephen King properties left and right. The Outsider is 2020’s first Stephen King adaptation but highly doubt it’ll be the last.

The Outsider is a ten-episode miniseries based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Stephen King (duh.)

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Ben Mendelsohn, Mare Winningham.
photo: Bob Mahoney/HBO

From HBO:

Debuting SUNDAY, JAN. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) with two episodes back-to-back,
the ten-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he
sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the
Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads
Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private
investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help
explain the unexplainable.

The cast for The Outsider is jammed pack.

Also from HBO:

  • Ben Mendelsohn as Ralph Anderson
  • Cynthia Erivoas Holly Gibney
  • Bill Camp as Howie Salomon
  • Mare Winningham as Ralph’s wife Jeannie Anderson
  • Paddy Considine as Claude Bolton, manager of a local strip club
  • Julianne Nicholson as Glory Maitland
  • Yul Vázquez as Georgia Bureau of
    Investigation detective Yunis Sablo
  • Jeremy Bobb as Alec Pelley, a private investigator hired by Howie
  • Marc Menchaca as detective Jack Hoskins
  • Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland

HBO is gracing us with a two-episode premiere. Here’s what’s in store for us. From HBO:

Episode 1: “Fish in a Barrel”

When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the Georgia woods, detective Ralph
Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) launches an investigation into the gruesome murder. With
eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to local teacher and baseball coach Terry
Maitland (Jason Bateman), Ralph makes a very public arrest but is perplexed by Terry’s
seeming indifference to hiding his crime. After Terry’s wife Glory (Julianne Nicholson)
calls their attorney Howie Salomon (Bill Camp) for assistance, a bewildered Terry
produces an ironclad alibi during interrogation. Meanwhile, Howie calls in his PI Alec
Pelley (Jeremy Bobb) to look into Terry’s side of the story. Written by Richard Price; directed by Jason Bateman.

Episode 2: “Roanoke”

During a surreptitious late-night visit with Terry (Jason Bateman), Ralph (Ben
Mendelsohn) admits to being baffled by conflicting physical evidence. The next day, an
unexpected tragedy throws the investigation into a tailspin, and ornery detective Jack
Hoskins (Marc Menchaca) is forced to cut his hunting trip short to return to work and pickup the slack. Meanwhile, Glory (Julianne Nicholson) tries to soothe her daughter Jessa (Scarlett Juniper Blum), who says she’s been visited by a strange man in her room at night. Written by Richard Price; directed by Jason Bateman.

Having read the book I know we’re in for a wild ride. I could go on and on about how much I love this book. Out of the newer King books, this is one of my favorites. I don’t want to spoil anything in case you decide to read the book. My lips are sealed. But seriously if you enjoy this I highly recommend you pick up the book. I’m very much looking forward to the two-episode premiere and I hope you are too.

The Outsider is on Sunday nights at 9 on HBO.