Quibi is packing yet more star power into its first-year lineup.
The Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded, Hollywood-funded video startup has brought in Hunger Games alum Liam Hemsworth to star in an as-yet-untitled thriller series. He’ll play main character Dodge Maynard, who’s terminally ill and desperate to find a way to provide a comfortable life for his pregnant wife before he dies. When he’s offered a part in a risky but rewarding cat-and-mouse game, he signs on — only to find out he’s not the cat, but the mouse.
Hemsworth, who rose to fame starring in the aforementioned dystopian young adult series and opposite his now-spouse Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He’s appeared in a number of thrillers, including Independence Day: Resurgence, Empire State, and Paranoia.
Quibi’s project will be directed by Phil Abraham, who worked on Netflix’s Marvel hit Daredevil and Amazon’s recent original Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Hemsworth joins a roster of well-known Hollywood folks signed for projects at Quibi, like lauded directors Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, and Jason Blum, and stars Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen. Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman have revealed that the service (which launches in April 2020) plans to spend $1 billion on content creation in its first year, debuting more than 130 new 10-minute episodes of content each and every week.