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Apple TV+ Releases Trailer for ‘Manhunt’ Series

Apple TV+ recently unveiled a gripping trailer for “Manhunt,” its upcoming miniseries based on James L. Swanson’s acclaimed book, “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” originally published in 2006 by Morrow/HarperCollins. The narrative delves into the intense pursuit of John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices by Union cavalry troops following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Booth met his demise at the hands of a soldier, with others involved in the conspiracy meeting similar fates through conviction and execution.

Kirkus lauded Swanson’s work, describing it as a “meticulous account of crime and capture,” praising its contribution to the enduring fascination with the events surrounding Lincoln’s assassination. The book’s success led to its adaptation into a young adult edition titled “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” in 2009, further cementing its place in historical literature.

At the heart of both the book and the miniseries is Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, portrayed by Tobias Menzies, known for his role in “The Crown.” Stanton’s leadership during the manhunt forms a central focus, shedding light on the intricate dynamics of the pursuit. Anthony Boyle takes on the role of John Wilkes Booth, with Hamish Linklater embodying the iconic figure of Abraham Lincoln. Monica Beletsky, known for her work on “Friday Night Lights,” spearheaded the creation of the miniseries.

The trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse into the drama, opening with Booth’s declaration of ambition: “I was born with the chance to be somebody. I’m going to be the most famous man in the whole world.” Booth’s chilling act unfolds as he fatally shoots Lincoln in a theater, proclaiming, “Freedom for the South!”

Meanwhile, Stanton’s incredulity at the audacity of Booth’s crime reverberates in the background, accompanied by the haunting melody of Laura Marling’s “Devil’s Spoke.” His inquiry encapsulates the disbelief surrounding the brazenness of the assassination amidst a crowd of 1,500 spectators.

“Manhunt” is set to premiere on Apple TV+ on March 15, promising audiences a riveting exploration of one of the most consequential events in American history. With a stellar cast and a narrative that resonates with contemporary themes of power, ambition, and justice, this miniseries is poised to captivate viewers and reignite interest in a pivotal chapter of the past. Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through time as “Manhunt” brings history to life on the small screen.

Michael Schaub, a contributing writer, has provided invaluable insights into the significance of this forthcoming adaptation, underscoring its potential to leave a lasting impact on
audiences.

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