Stars Come Out For HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”

HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge”. Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.

Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .

Richard Jenkins (“Burn After Reading”) portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom”) is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan (“Top of the Lake”) plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men”) as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd (“Side Effects”) as a family friend.

Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith (“Gotham”) as Olive’s former student Kevin Coulson, Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad”) as Henry’s delivery boy Jerry McCarthy, Brady Corbet (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) as Denise’s first husband, Audrey Marie Anderson (“The Unit”) as Christopher’s second wife, Patricia Kalember (“Law & Order: SVU”) as as Christopher’s mother-in-law, and Maryann Urbano (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Jack’s wife.

Jane Anderson penned the adapted screenplay and Carter Burwell (“Where the Wild Things Are”) did the score.