Cherry Jones signs on to the upcoming drama 'Five Days at Memorial'

"Five Days at Memorial" is assembling a stellar cast.

What you need to know

  • Cherry Jones has signed on to star in "Five Days at Memorial."
  • The actress will play a nursing director tasked as incident commander during Hurricane Katrina.

The upcoming Apple TV+ drama "Five Days at Memorial" continues to build a stellar cast.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Cherry Jones has signed on for a role in the series. The Emmy and Tony award-winner will play Susan Mulderick, a nursing director who is tasked as the hospital's incident commander during Hurricane Katrina.

Emmy and Tony winner Cherry Jones has joined the series from John Ridley and Carlton Cuse, which is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink about the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. The cast also features Vera Farmiga, Adepero Oduye (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Julie Ann Emery and Cornelius Smith Jr.

Jones (Apple's Defending Jacob, Succession, The Handmaid's Tale) will play Susan Mulderick, a hospital nursing director and head of the emergency preparedness committee. She becomes the designated incident commander in the wake of Katrina.

The limited series will represent a reunion for Jones and Ridley; she recurred on the third season of his ABC series American Crime in 2017.

Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) are adapting Fink's book and executive producing Five Days at Memorial. Both will also direct episodes of the series. Fink is a producer. ABC Signature, where both Ridley and Cuse have overall deals, is producing.

It is currently unknown when "Five Days at Memorial" will begin filming or when the series will premiere on Apple's streaming service. If you want to enjoy it in its best quality when it does, check out our list of the Best Apple TV in 2021.

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