BBC America has cast former-Hobbit Elijah Wood in a starring role in its new adaptation of Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently books. Wood’s not playing holistic detective Dirk, though (he has yet to be cast). Instead he’ll be playing a new character called Todd who resolutely does not want to be called a sidekick.
The new series of eight episodes is being adapted for television by Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein). It is being described as a comedy thriller following the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd, as they journey through one big, seemingly insane mystery across the entire 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.
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.”
Todd is apparently “just flat-out better than Dirk at a lot of things” says the press release. “He 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.”
BBC UK formerly made a pilot (in 2010) and a three-part series (2012) based on Dirk Gently starring Stephen Mangan.