Video Interview with Manhunt: Unabomber’s Sam Worthington

Manhunt: Unabomber co-star Sam Worthington speaks with TV Drama about what drew him to the role of FBI Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, and why Discovery Channel is a good home for the series.

From 1978 to 1995, one man terrorized the U.S. by sending explosives bearing the initials FC through the mail. Discovery Channel’s eight-episode scripted series Manhunt: Unabomber, which makes its two-hour premiere tonight at 9 p.m., tells the story of FBI Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who developed forensic linguistics, a revolutionary approach to criminal profiling that helped take down Ted Kaczynski, the infamous “Unabomber.”

Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge) portrays Fitz in his first major leading role on U.S. television, with Paul Bettany (Captain America: Civil War, A Beautiful Mind) as Kaczynski; Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City) as Don Ackerman, the Bay Area divisional head of the FBI who supervised the UNABOM Task Force; and Jane Lynch (Glee) as Attorney General Janet Reno. Created by Andrew Sodroski, the series is produced by Lionsgate and Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street Productions. Greg Yaitanes is executive producer, director and showrunner, with John Goldwyn also producing.