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Elijah Wood to play Dirk Gently’s sidekick

0049083_dirk_gentlys_holistic_detective_agency_300Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood will be playing Todd, Dirk Gently’s “assistant” in BBC America’s latest version of Douglas Adams’ holistic detective, Dirk Gently.

According to the BBC America press release, this new incarnation, created by Chronicle’s Max Landis, is “a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd, as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.

“He’s not a sidekick. Todd’s just flat out better than Dirk at a lot of things. He always attempts to solve matters with the fewest steps possible; despite being a compassionate, sweet, smarter-than-average man with biting wit, Todd often finds himself at the intersection of morally gray crossroads. Thus, his bad habits of lying and stealing have dire consequences that he can’t put off forever, even though he tries. Todd’s not a bad person. He’s not a good person yet, either, but he’ll get there.

“As Todd describes himself to Dirk Gently: ‘I am not your Watson, asshole. I am not available for side-kicking on something I am not involved with. I am my own messed up person with my own messed up problems.'”

The role of Dirk has yet to be cast.

The executive producers include Landis, Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW; David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion and Zainir Aminullah and Arvind Ethan David for IDEATE MEDIA. Arvind Ethan David’s own stage adaptation of Dirk Gently which he co-wrote with James Goss, is now available to buy or hire from Samuel French (pictured right).



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