‘Bodkin’: Netflix Release Date & Everything We Know About Will Forte’s New Thriller

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Netflix’s new dark comedy series, Bodkin, will premiere in May 2024. Here’s everything we know about the series, including the cast, release date, synopsis, and more.

We first reported on the series on May 25th, 2022, giving a broad outline of who’s involved with the project and its purpose. On Record was the working title name for the series, although Netflix has officially locked down the name of Bodkin (Netflix code: 81423482) for the actual release.

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Here’s what the series is about:

“BODKIN [On Record] is a darkly comedic thriller about a motely crew of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic, coastal irish town. But once they start pulling threads, they discover a story much bigger and weirder than they could have ever imagined. As our heroes try to discern fact from fiction – about the case, about their colleagues, and, most painfully, themselves – the series challenges our perception of truth and exposes the stories we tell ourselves to justify our beliefs or validate our fears.”

Let’s kick off with the new images and first look trailer for Bodkin, released on April 2nd:

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Who’s behind Bodkin on Netflix?

Jez Scharf will serve as the lead writer for the series and be a showrunner alongside Alex Metcalf. Scharf is perhaps best known for his writing on shorts, including Mister Biscuits and The Undream. Metcalf has been involved in several high-profile projects, including serving as executive producer on The Loudest Voice and HBO’s Sharp Objects. He also served as co-producer on Kingdom, which came to Netflix globally after being licensed for a fixed period of time until May 2021.

Mike O’Leary also serves as a writer on the project.

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Pictured: Alex Metcalf and Tonia Davis

Tonia Davis from Higher Ground Productions serves as executive producer who has been involved with Higher Ground’s Netflix output over the past few years, including credits on We The PeopleWaffles + Mochi, and Rustin.

Higher Ground Productions is the production company run by Barack and Michelle Obama and is working on a suite of upcoming Netflix projects, with Bodkin marking their first significant drama series for the streamer.

Wild Atlantic Pictures and Wiip are the project production companies.

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Serving as the lead director on the project is Nash Edgerton, best known for Gringo, The Square, and The Magician. Bronwen Hughes and Johnny Allan will also share directing duties. Cathal Watters serves as director of photography.


Who’s starring in Netflix’s Bodkin series?

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Pictured: Will Forte, Siobhan Cullen, Robyn Cara, David Wilmot and Chris Walley

Alongside the announcement on June 17th which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, we got word of the first five casting additions for the project.

Will Forte (best known for MacGruber and The Last Man on Earth) will play Gilbert Power, described as an “American podcaster on the hunt for his next big story. Originally from Chicago, Gilbert’s family emigrated from Cork and is hoping to discover his Irish roots.”

Siobhan Cullen (best known for The Dry) is in a professional crisis as the series kicks off. Her character, Dove, is described as “A hard-nosed investigative journalist with a fine-tuned bullshit detector and a healthy disdain for authority and hypocrisy.”

Robyn Cara (best known for playing Kayla in Ackley Bridge) will play Emmy, the researcher on Gilbert’s podcast project responsible for making sure things run smoothly. However, Emmy is struggling to find her own voice.

David Wilmot (best known for Anna Karenina and the Max series Lies We Tell) plays Seamus Gallagher, a man who can turn on the charm when it serves his needs; however, he can just as quickly snap into outbursts of violence when he feels he is being threatened.

Finally, rounding out the main cast, we have Chris Walley (best known for The Last Voyage of the Demeter) playing the role of Sean O’Shea, described as a local from the village of Bodkin and a typical Irish country lad. He also is wrapped up in some pretty shady business.

What’s on Netflix has also confirmed some of the other recurring, main, and guest actors/actresses to feature:

  • David Pearse (FBI: International) as Frank
  • Clodagh Mooney Duggan (Red Election) as Mary
  • Pano Masti (Payback) as Pablo
  • Charlie Kelly (The Dublin Murders) as Fintan
  • Peter Bankolé (Peaky Blinders) as Charles
  • Seán Óg Cairns (Find Me In Paris) as Garda Eoin
  • Amy Conroy (Holding) as Fagan
  • Mary O’Driscol (Smother, The Visit) as Margaret
  • Frank Melia (The General, Love & Friendship) as Colm
  • Norma Sheahan (Primeval) as Dot
  • Claire J Loy (The Gates) as Breeda Gleeson
  • Sabine Timoteo
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Where is Bodkin in production?

According to multiple production listings seen by What’s on Netflix, the project was due to begin on June 27, 2022, and film in Dublin and West Cork, Ireland.

For those who don’t know, West Cork is a remote part of Ireland often referred to as one of the last bastions of “old Ireland.”

Southern Star in Ireland also reported that an open casting call was being held for the production on June 14th. They also cite that some of the filming will be taking place at will take place in Union Hall and also in Glandore for the seven-part contemporary drama.

Production continued throughout the rest of the summer of 2022 and wrapped at some point in November 2022.

We’ve got some of the behind-the-scenes pictures for a significant scene that occurred at Union Hall in West Cork, Ireland. The sequence had large crowd scenes filling the streets for a Halloween Carnival, with dancing witches, wolves, skeletons, and large moving mannequins.

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The series was also mentioned in Netflix’s environment report for 2022 for being “the first ever production in Ireland to use a hybrid generator and to use renewable diesel.”


When will Bodkin be released on Netflix?

Netflix first announced a broad 2024 window for the series in their 90+ slate reveal for the new series for the year. In March 2024, we got word via Paul Leonard-Morgan that the series is due out sometime in May 2024.

Of course, now we know all episodes of BODKIN will be available on Netflix globally on May 9th, 2024, at 12:01 AM PT.

Are you looking forward to Bodkin coming to Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.

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