Michael Shannon and Matthew Macfadyen in Netflix series on President James Garfield


Michael Shannon and Matthew Macfadyen in Netflix series on President James Garfield

The actors Michael Shannon and Matthew Macfadyen have both been confirmed to feature in a Netflix series that will examine the life and death of former US President James Garfield.

The show is called Death by Lightning and has been based on the book Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

The official logline of the show reads, “Death by Lightning is a drama series that brings to life the epic and stranger-than-fiction true story of James Garfield (Shannon), reluctant 20th president of the United States, and his greatest admirer Charles Guiteau (Macfadyen) — the man who would come to kill him.”

The team behind the show includes Mike Makowsky of Bad Education, who has created the series and will also serve as executive producer. The likes of David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Bernie Caulfield of Game of Thrones and 3 Body Problem will also executive produce.

Those three latter names all arrive under the Bighead Littlehead banner, which is signed to a deal at Netflix. Meanwhile, Matt Ross of 28 Hotel Rooms and Captain Fantastic will direct and executive produce.

Macfadyen had recently won an Emmy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his appearance in the HBO series Succession, his work on which had previously earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Macfayden is best known for his roles in the films Price and Prejudice and Death at a Funeral.

Shannon meanwhile recently appeared in the series George & Tammy and has previously given performances in Nocturnal Animals and Revolutionary Road, for both of which he was nominated for an Academy Award.