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Apple TV+ orders 'Manhunt' mini-series about John Wilkes Booth

Tobias Menzies (source: Wiki Commons)

The hunt for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln, is being made into a mini-series for Apple TV+, starring Tobias Menzies.

Based on James Swanson's 2007 non-fiction book, "Manhunt" charts the 12 day search for Booth as he fled Washington for the forests of Virginia. The book is actually an hour by hour reconstruction of the hunt, with details taken from trial records and rare archive material.

According to Variety, Apple has ordered the limited series from Monica Beletsky, and is the company's first order since renewing a production deal with her. Writer and executive producer Beletsky is best known for her work on the television version of "Fargo," and "I Am the Night."

Tobias Menzies is said to be starring as Edwin Stanton, who was Lincoln's friend as well as War Secretary. It follows how Stanton was reportedly driven almost to madness by the hunt.