BBC America’s TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently books has now cast its female lead. Hannah Marks will play Amanda Brotzman, a new character not from the books, who’s the sister of Elijah Wood’s character Todd Brotzman. He’s not from the books either. Samuel Barnett is playing holistic detective Dirk, who is, you may have worked out, from the books. There’s a clue in the title.
Deadline describes Amanda as, “a former rebellious punk and fun gal, now sick, sidelined by a genetic disorder.” Marks recently co-starred in Southbound and has recurred on the MTV comedy Awkward and the ABC comedy The Real O’Neals.
The eight-part series, which is being written by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis based on Douglas Adams’s 1987 novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and its sequel The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, will feature Dirk and “not-a-sidekick” Todd as they explore one big mystery across the season. And the more we hear about it the more we’re wondering how much it’s going to have to do with the books at all. But let’s wait and see…