Nick Offerman & Betty Gilpin Join Netflix’s ‘Death By Lightning’ From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators

Nick Offerman (The Last Of Us) and Betty Gilpin (GLOW) have joined Matthew Macfadyen and Michael Shannon in Netflix’s President Garfield assassination series Death By Lightning.

Death By Lightning comes from Bad Education screenwriter Mike Makowsky, who created the series, and directed by Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) with Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss exec producing via their overall deal with Netflix.

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It is based on the book Destiny Of The Republic by Candice Millard.

The series will bring to life the stranger-than-fiction true story of James Garfield, reluctant 20th president of the United States, and his greatest admirer Charles Guiteau — the man who would come to kill him.

Gilpin will play Crete Garfield and Offerman will portray Chester Arthur.

Garfield was President in 1881 and was assassinated later that year, having previously served nine terms as a Congressman. He was elected as a Senator but declined this when he became President, despite having not sought the office.

He was shot by Guiteau, who felt he had played a major role in Garfield’s election.

Death by Lightning is from creator Mike Makowsky and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, under their deal with Netflix, and Matt Ross, who will direct all episodes.

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