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Bill Murray Joins HBO’s Olive Kitteridge

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actor Bill Murray attends "Hyde Park On Hudson" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

In a recent interview, John Goodman told Vulture his Alpha House costar Bill Murray is a “magnificent wild unicorn.” If that's the case, then HBO’s feat of capturing the rare breed for the small screen is all the more impressive. According to Deadline, the actor just signed on for the miniseries Olive Kitteridge, based on the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel by Elizabeth Strout. Frances McDormand will play the title character while Murray is “Jack Kennison, a local widower whom Kitteridge befriends.” The pair previously appeared together in Moonrise Kingdom as the parents of a girl smitten with a Khaki Scout.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images