John Hawkes Joins Prime Video’s Graphic Novel Series ‘Criminal’

EXCLUSIVE: John Hawkes (True Detective: Night Country) has joined the cast of Prime Video‘s graphic novel series, Criminal, in a recurring role. He joins the previously announced cast of Charlie Hunnam, Adria Arjona, Richard Jenkins, Kadeem Hardison, Logan Browning, Pat Healy and Taylor Selé.

Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

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Hawkes has been cast as ‘Sebastian Hyde,’ a hard man who is six months out from a stroke, and now walks with a cane. Once the biggest shark in the shark tank, Hyde is now showing his humanity a bit — maybe a bit too much. The owner of a gambling club, the kind of man whose name is accompanied by fear, Hyde can be both amused by someone one minute, and a ruthless enforcer the next.

As Deadline previously revealed exclusively, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are confirmed to direct the first four episodes. Brubaker will co-showrun with crime fiction author Jordan Harper. Brubaker and Harper EP alongside Sean Phillips, Sarah Carbiener and Philipp Barnett. Legendary Television will also serve as an executive producer. The series is produced by Amazon MGM Studios.

Hawkes can currently be seen in the fourth season of True Detective from Issa Lopez and starring Jodie Foster. In addition to acting, he also wrote an original song that he performed on the show. Previous projects include the indie film The Peanut Butter Falcon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s crime drama Too Old to Die Young; the Deadwood reunion movie reprising his role of ‘Sol Star and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

For his portrayal of the real-life poet, ‘Mark O’Brien’ in The Sessions, Hawkes won Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. He earned an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as ‘Teardrop’ in Winter’s Bone.

Hawkes has also written and performed music for TV and films. In addition to his song in True Detective: Night Country, he co-wrote a song with producer T-Bone Burnett for Peanut Butter Falcon; his song Bred and Buttered appears on the Winter’s Bone soundtrack and he composed and performed Down with Mary for Too Late.

He is represented by Innovative Artists, Thruline Entertainment and Yorn, Levine et al.

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