Elijah Wood has been cast in “Dirk Gently,” the upcoming BBC America comedy from writer and director Max Landis. Wood will play Todd, the assistant to the title character, an eccentric detective. The series is based on the “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” novels by the late Douglas Adams.
The series, an absurdist comedy, will feature Wood’s character and the titular detective teaming to solve one overarching mystery in the course of the season. AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment are co-producing the series with Circle of Confusion.
Wood is the star of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the comedy series “Wilfred,” which ran for three seasons on FX.
In addition to writing “Dirk Gently,” Landis will serve as executive producer with Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW; David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion and Zainir Aminullah and Arvind Ethan David for Ideate Media.
Landis is the writer of the script for the movie “Bright,” which Netflix purchased the rights to this month. The streaming service paid $3 million for the script and is expected to spend $90 million on the project, with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton attached to star and David Ayer set to direct.
Douglas Adams was the author of “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”