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Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox Join NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’

Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will join Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker in upcoming NBC miniseries “The Slap,” the network announced Tuesday.

Quinto will play Harry, a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives in Brooklyn with his family. He’s married with a 15-year-old son, and is apparently “always trying to a pick a fight.” Problems arise when the mechanic slaps a misbehaving child of another couple, which explodes into a conflict that pulls his family apart, exposes secrets and ignites a lawsuit.

Cox will play Manolis, the patriarch and peacemaker of the family. He’s described as a “stern yet magnanimous man” with old world values.

Quinto’s last foray into television was his role in the first two seasons of “American Horror Story” — he was nominated for an Emmy for the second season. Cox won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Nuremberg,” and was nominated for another Emmy for a guest role “Frasier.” Sarsgaard and Parker were previously cast.

The project is based on the critically acclaimed 2011 Australian project of the same name. NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama, with “The West Wing’s” Jon Robin Baitz on board to write all episodes.

Baitz will also exec produce along with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Tony Ayres. The miniseries comes from Universal Television. No air date has been set yet.

 

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