Deadline is exclusively reporting that Joe Chrest is the latest name to join the cast of Peacock’s upcoming true-crime limited series A Friend Of The Family.
The series is based on the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by a charismatic, obsessed family ‘friend’. The Brobergs, devoted to their faith, family, and community, who utterly unprepared for the sophisticated tactics their neighbour used to exploit their vulnerabilities, drive them apart, and turn their daughter against them. This is the story of how their lives were permanently altered – and how they survived.
Joe Chrest (whose credits include Stranger Things and When The Crawdads Sing) will be playing the role of Bishop Matthew Paulse, a local Bishop in Pocatello. He hosts a service that the Brobergs attend, and later is dazzled by a visit from Elder Gordon Hinkley. He is an important authority figure in the Brobergs’ life and plays a powerful role in the community. He believes in protecting members of his congregation and will make choices that he believes are righteous but later regrets.
Nick Antosca will be writing and serving as showrunner for the limited series, as well as serving as executive producer under his Eat The Cat banner. Eliza Hittman is attached to direct and executive produce multiple episodes, including the pilot. Also executive producing alongside Antosca and Hittman is Eat The Cat’s Alex Hedlund. Jan Broberg and Mary Ann Broberg will produce, while Sky Borgman will serve as consulting producer for Top Knot Films.
Joe Chrest will join a cast that includes Anna Paquin, Jake Lacy, Colin Hanks, Lio Tipton, Grace Mckenna, Hendrix Yancey, Austin Stowell, Patrick Fischler, Bree Elrod and Philip Ettinger.
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