© by Gerald So | 5:00 AM
Netflix's adaptation of Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, Ace Atkins' second Spenser continuation novel, is now filming in Boston. To recap, Peter Berg is directing Mark Wahlberg as Spenser with a script by Sean O'Keefe.
As reported in Variety October 2nd and 8th respectively, joining Wahlberg are Black Panther's Winston Duke as Hawk, Alan Arkin as Henry Cimoli, and in unrevealed roles, Bokeem Woodbine, James DuMont, Iliza Schlesinger, Hope Olaide Wilson, and Post Malone.
Wonderland's IMDb page has also filled out with the crew, such as music composer Steve Jablonsky. The premise still sees Spenser as an ex-con sucked back into Boston's underbelly as he investigates a sensational murder and the conspiracy behind it.
Putting aside the apparent change in Spenser's character, the inclusion of Spenser's boxing trainer Henry Cimoli gives me confidence the inciting incident of Ace's novel will be preserved: Henry is roughed up by thugs linked to a development scheme forcing tenants out of a Revere Beach condominium.
Ace also shared some set photos on his Facebook page, and I have to say Spenser's close-cropped hair, suit, and coffee are right from the books.