The Godfather of Weed: John Malkovich Slated to Play Pot Patriarch in “Humbolt”



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Being John Malkovich just got a bit edgier. The Academy Award nominated star has been cast to portray the charismatic pot patriarch of an eclectic crime family in Northern California. The series is based on a 2013 non-fiction book by Emily Brady, which explored a tight-knit community in the Northern California county of Humbolt that has existed for 40 years mainly through the cultivation and sale of weed. Brady lived for a year among Humbolt’s highly secretive residents, giving her an intimate insight into a community completely dependent on an illegal plant, and the changes occurring as legalization looms.

Malkovich is no stranger to quirky, dark roles. He previously starred in David Lynch’s neo-noir crime thriller Mulholland Falls, and the sinister, yet sensuous Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons with Michelle Pfeiffer; in 1999 he starred in the titular magic realism comedy Being John Malkovich, as himself.

If the project gets the green light, it will have some impressive talent behind the camera. Malkovich, Adam Shulman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content (True Detectives, Mr. Robot), and Jennifer Rawlings from Omni Artists Ltd. are in the executive producer’s seat. Carl Franklin (Bloodline, The Affair, House of Cards) is on board as director and executive producer as well.

The controversial subject matter will probably drive the show’s ratings, given the previous success of the crime family drama Weeds, which had Mary-Louise Parker portraying a big-time pot-dealing mom. The series will mark a rare foray into the small screen for the tall, lanky, Malkovich, who next appears in Valley of the Gods and Deepwater Horizon.