Matthew Goode’s quiet, discreet takeover of American television keeps on keepin’ on.
The actor – last seen on the History Channel’s remake of Roots and TV’s The Good Wife – has been tapped to headline Roadside Picnic, the adaptation of the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky that’s set up at WGN America.
Goode will play Red, an enigmatic, blue-collar contradiction who is as intelligent as he is ruthless.
The action of Roadside Picnic will unfold in a near future in which aliens have come and gone, leaving mankind to make sense of the wonders and dangers they’ve left behind. A family man first and foremost, Goode’s Red frequently makes illegal trips to the “Zone,” a.k.a. the area where the visitors temporarily settled and the place where his young daughter was born.