Actor Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) will star in the upcoming HBO true-crime limited series, My Dentist’s Murder Trial.
Pascal will portray Dr. Gilberto Nunez, a New York dentist who was indicted in 2015 on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his friend Thomas Kolman Jr. four years prior. Kolman was found dead in his vehicle after he was poisoned with a sedative known as Midazolam. According to the National Library of Medicine, Midazolam is the drug most frequently used for sedation in dental surgical procedures.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Nunez, who was having an affair with Kolman’s wife, was found not guilty of murder, but spent 19 months behind bars on a series of other charges stemming from the trial, including felony forgery and insurance fraud. He was released from prison in September 2018.
My Dentist’s Murder Trial is inspired by the 2017 New Yorker article “My Dentist’s Murder Trial: Adultery, False Identities, and a Lethal Sedation.” Joining Pascal on the cast is David Harbour (Stranger Things), whose role, according to Deadline, was not confirmed by HBO. Speculation is that he will either play Kolman or James Lasdun, the writer of the article who was also a patient of Nunez. Both Pascal and Harbour will also serve as executive producers.
Pedro Pascal will next be seen on the HBO series The Last of Us, which is adapted from a PlayStation video game of the same name. Earlier this month, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys said the series would be released “closer to early 2023.”