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John Cusack is headed to Amazon for his very first television series.

The star of "Say Anything," "Grosse Pointe Blank," and "Being John Malkovich," has joined "Utopia," a remake of the British series of the same name.

The series is about a group of young adults who are hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually help them save the world.

Cusack will star as Dr. Kevin Christie, a brilliant biotech mind who wants to change the world through science.  Which sounds like he's playing the bad guy. He joins Rainn Wilson and Sasha Lane ("American Honey"), who've already been cast.

Producers include Gillian Flynn (who wrote"Gone Girl" and the screenplay for "Widows") and Dennis Kelly, who created the British series.

Among Cusack's recent films of note: Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq," "Love & Mercy" (in which he played reclusive Beach Boy Brian Wilson), and David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars."

Some trivia for you: Cusack and Wilson both costarred in the 2001 comedy "America's Sweethearts."

[Via Variety]