Netflix has cast ‘GoodFellas’ actor Robert De Niro to star in their upcoming conspiracy theory thriller ‘Zero Day’ as well as serve as an executive producer. This will be the first time that De Niro will work as a producer for a television series.
“Netflix announced today the new limited series Zero Day, a conspiracy thriller from Creator / Executive Producer Eric Newman under his Grand Electric Productions deal with Netflix, and Creator / Executive Producer Noah Oppenheim,” the streaming service said in a press release. “Robert De Niro stars and executive produces in his first TV series.”
All six episodes of the miniseries will be directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men, Love & Death) who will also be an executive producer.
Newman said in a statement, “I am a lifelong fan of Robert De Niro. To have him as a producing partner and star in this show is beyond my wildest dreams. And Lesli Linka Glatter has directed so many of my favorite episodes of television; she was our clear first choice to direct this show. I am grateful to Netflix for their continued faith and support and thrilled to be in business with the amazing creative team of Noah, Lesli, and Jonathan on this timely (and terrifying) series.”
“Zero Day is a shrewd, heart-pounding conspiracy thriller that will keep audiences at the edge of their seat. What an honor to have this A-list caliber of talent assembled, led by the iconic Robert De Niro and brought to life by the unrivaled talents of Eric Newman, Noah Oppenheim, Lesli Linka Glatter and Michael S. Schmidt,” Netflix exec Peter Friedlander added.
De Niro is also set to star in the upcoming film ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ with frequent collaborator director Martin Scorsese.
Netflix describes the film, by noting, “Zero Day asks the question on everyone’s mind — how do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?”
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