'Dr. Death' Re-Casts Lead, Joshua Jackson To Play Dr. Christopher Duntsch

As Pacey, he stole hearts. As Dr. Death, he'll be stopping them.
Joshua Jackson will replace Jamie Dornan as the titular "Dr. Death" in the Peacock show based on a hit podcast.
Joshua Jackson will replace Jamie Dornan as the titular "Dr. Death" in the Peacock show based on a hit podcast.

The first half of 2020 saw Vancouver-born actor Joshua Jackson hit a big personal milestone: the beloved “Dawson’s Creek” star became a first-time dad, welcoming a baby girl with his partner and actress Jodie Turner-Smith.

Now the performer is set to take on a decidedly less wholesome role, as he’s been cast as the terrifying lead in the upcoming Peacock limited series “Dr. Death,” based on the true crime podcast of the same name. Jackson will be replacing “Fifty Shades of Grey” actor Jamie Dornan, who left due to pandemic-related scheduling conflict.

In an Instagram post announcing his casting, Jackson teased at a vague release date. In keeping with the show’s tone, he cheekily tagged the post’s location as “Your Worst Nightmare.”

Unlike the easygoing Pacey or the unhappy husband Bill from “Little Fires Everywhere,” Jackson will be slipping into a sinister persona for the podcast-inspired project. He’ll be portraying Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a serial killer neurosurgeon from Dallas who twists the hippocratic oath.

In real life, Duntsch came under investigation after his patients began to leave the operating table injured or deceased. A self-described “cold-blooded killer,” Duntsch was only charged for permanently maiming an elderly woman and is currently serving a life sentence.

The first season of Wondery’s podcast “Dr. Death” ― which cribbed the morbid nickname from a Doctor Magazine long-form feature ― was released in 2018 to rave reviews, building a devout following of die-hard true crime fans.

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