While some of the projects destined to launch on Apple TV+ take a lot of time to get up off the ground, some don’t. And when you’re Bill Lawrence, one of the creators tasked to bring Ted Lasso in front of a lot of eyeballs, it’s no surprise that your additional projects pick up steam pretty quickly.
Bad Monkey was first announced in August of this year. At the time, we knew that Vince Vaughn (Freaky) was set to star in the upcoming drama series. We also learned that the series is based on a book of the same name. So we know what the story will be about, for the most part. Vaughn is set to play the lead character named Andrew Yancy, a former detective now working as a restaurant inspector.
At the time, though, we didn’t know of anyone else cast in the project. But that’s changing today with the latest report from Variety. The publication tells us that Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) will play a character named Bonnie, a “mysterious woman trapped in an abusive, loveless marriage.”
Next is Jodie Turner-Smith (Anne Boleyn) who will star as Dragon Queen/Gracie, who is “both revered and feared on Andros as she practices Obeah alongside her contentious grandmother.” And finally, the new additions include Meredith Hagner (Vacation Friends), who is playing Eve, who is “questioned by Yancy about her dead husband and he feels she might know more than she’s saying.”
As for the story, Bad Monkey is described, in part, as:
A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, there’s a monkey.
Lawrence has an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV in place, and that’s where this new show hails. The series is based on the book of the same name, which was published in 2013 and written by Carl Hiaasen.
No word when Bad Monkey will start streaming, but it sounds like work on the project is ramping up.