Chris Messina To Star In ‘Verbatim’ HBO Max Pilot About The College Admission Scandal

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HBO Max chose Chris Messina to play as the lead in an anthology series called “Verbatim.”

The show will be created and directed by Brett Weiner.

“Verbatim” is based on Weiner’s New York Times Op-Docs digital series that talks about actual events backed by dialogue taken from primary sources and presented verbatim.

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According to sources, the pilot episode follows the story of the 2019 college admissions scandal.

Created and directed by Weiner is based on his New York Times Op-Docs digital series. It tackles actual events with all dialogue taken from primary sources and presented word-for-word. The pilot episode follows the story of the 2019 college admissions scandal.

Although there hasn’t been any announcement on which character Chris Messina will be playing but rumor has it that he will be playing Rick Singer, the scheme’s mastermind.

“Verbatim” was originally a short film that was shown all over the country including at film festivals such as Sundance, South by Southwest, and Telluride in 2014. The film won the Audience Award at the Dallas International Film Festival as well.

The New York Times saw how impactful the movie was and decided to expand the film into a digital series. In a short amount of time, the series raked in millions of views and became an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Program with Verbatim with “The Ferguson Case.”

Kimberly Hicks
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