Gone Baby Gone TV Series Finds Lead in Joseph Morgan

Fox has tapped Joseph Morgan, who will be leaving CW's The Originals in the process, to star as Patrick in Gone Baby Gone, the TV series.

There some secrets you keep, and others you don’t. The casting of Fox’s television remake of Gone Baby Gone is one you don’t. Hence why it was announced Monday that Joseph Morgan, current star of CW’s The Originals TV series will be turning in vampire lore for some New England hospitality—by way of Boston’s famed Dorchester neighborhood.

Morgan will be one of the two leads of the series where he’ll play Patrick Kenzie, Dennis Lehane’s famous literary private eye and all-around hard case. In the original Gone Baby Gone novel, the fourth in the Kenzie-Gennaro book series, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are private investigators hired to look into the disappearance of a little girl. While leading to some invariably dark places, it ends up being about something no one ever sees coming.

The book was previously adapted by Ben Affleck in his well-received directorial debut circa 2007. The film version starred Casey Affleck as Patrick and Michelle Monaghan as Angie. The Fox TV version has the logline that the duo will “right wrongs the law can’t.” It is unclear whether this means the TV show will adapt the other five novels in the series—with the only one directly following up on the events of Gone Baby, Gone, Moonlight Mile, being especially tricky to do given it has a 15-year time jump—or if it is a way into a familiar kind of procedural boilerplate on network television.

However, the casting of Joseph Morgan—who is leaving The Originals after five seasons to star in Gone Baby Gone—shows 20th Century Fox TV and Miramax are serious about bringing Lehane’s most popular protagonists, and Boston brogue, to network television. We can’t wait to see who they cast as Bubba.

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