Dominic Monaghan (LORD OF THE RINGS, “Lost”) has signed on to the original anthology series “The Unknown,” for Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network. The series, comprised of six half-hour standalone episodes, fuses drama, psychological thrills, suspense and horror while examining mysterious phenomena. Monaghan will serve as the narrator of the series Mark Nickel, a blogger who chronicles the unexplained phenomenon that occurs in each individual episode, bringing the characters’ stories to life.
Monaghan joins the previously announced cast including Frances Fisher (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), William Atherton (“Life”), Taryn Manning (“Hawaii Five-0”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”), and Christina Pickles (“Friends”), and will play the only character who appears in each episode. Directors of individual episodes include Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”), Visual Effects specialist Sam Nicholson (“The Walking Dead”) and Martha Coolidge (REAL GENIUS). Executive produced by Chris Collins (“Sons of Anarchy”) and former LucasFilm executive Steve Tzirlin, “The Unknown” will launch later this year on www.Crackle.com.
Crackle continues to expand its brand across multiple platforms and services. Its most recent launch on the Xbox LIVE service earlier this year has been very successful. The network’s highly successful mobile app launch last year also debuted as the #1 free entertainment download on both iPhone and iPad in just its first day and most recently has been honored by the 16th Annual Webby Awards for Best Use of Mobile Video and Best Mobile Entertainment (Handheld Device).
“The Unknown,” is another example of Crackle’s move into digital long-form series, joining the network’s portfolio of original content that includes the Webby Award-winning drama “Urban Wolf;” the highly lauded comedy series, “Backwash,” from Josh Malina, Danny Leiner & Daniel Schnider, which featured a talented array of actors, including Jon Hamm, John Stamos, Sarah Silverman and Hank Azaria, among others; as well as the Josh Cooke and Matt Oates hybrid series “Issues” that combined live action and animation, and starred Cooke alongside the voices of Eric Stonestreet, Greg Grunberg, Seth Green and others. “Issues” most recently garnered two Silver Telly Awards and two Webby Award honors.