Chicago Fire star lands huge role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in new Netflix drama



The TV and film actor is probably best known for Chicago Fire as Lieutenant Jeff Clarke, a former Marine who becomes a firefighter in the NBC drama’s second season before joining the sister show Chicago Med as a medical student. After his latest appearances in hit shows like Power Book II: Ghost and For All Mankind, Jeff Hephner will be starring alongside Marvel and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch for a new venture on Netflix.

Hephner has been cast in Eric, an upcoming UK crime drama from playwright and screenwriter Abi Morgan.

Doctor Strange star Cumberbatch will lead the series as grief-stricken puppeteer Vincent Anderson.

When his young son goes missing, Vincent “finds solace through his friendship with the titular character, the monster that lives under his son’s bed.”

Hephner has been cast in a main role as politician Richard Castillo.

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Castillo is officially described as “a charismatic, affluent politician who works for the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Motion Pictures and Television.”

He’ll be joining the already confirmed cast which includes The Walking Dead’s Dan Fogler and Girls and Transparent alum Gaby Hoffmann.

Also rounding out the main cast are Ozark’s McKinley Belcher III and Endeavour’s Phoebe Nicholls.

Clarke Peters, Ivan Morris Howe, David Denman, Bamar Kane, Adepero Odyue, Alexis Molnar, and Roberta Colindrez have also joined in supporting roles.

An official description reads: “The desperate search of a father when his nine-year-old son disappears one morning on the way to school.

“Vincent, one of New York’s leading puppeteers and creator of the hugely popular children’s television show, Good Day Sunshine, struggles to cope with the loss of his son, Edgar (Ivan Morris Howe), becoming increasingly distressed and volatile.

“Full of self-loathing and guilt around Edgar’s disappearance, he clings to his son’s drawings of a blue monster puppet, Eric, convinced that if he can get Eric on TV then Edgar will come home.

“As Vincent’s progressively destructive behaviour alienates his family, his work colleagues, and the detectives trying to help him, it’s Eric, a delusion of necessity, who becomes his only ally in the pursuit to bring his son home.” – ChatGPT autoblogging and content curation plugin for WordPress