Claudia February 24, 2022 News & Announcements

Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Jon Hamm, known for his iconic role as Don Draper in the drama series Mad Men, is starring in an Amazon Original true-crime podcast. The podcast, titled American Hostage, just launched on February 22.

Based on a true story, the series is set in Indianapolis in 1977. Hamm plays Fred Heckman, a local radio reporter beloved by everyone, who suddenly finds himself thrown into a life-or-death predicament when Tony Kiritsis takes him hostage and demands an interview on Heckman’s radio news program. Using Heckman’s show to his advantage, Kiritsis progressively grows into a media sensation as well as an anti-hero during a 63-hour hostage situation and a standoff with the police. More than a nail-biting story, American Hostage asks questions that are just as relevant today in 2022 as they were decades ago in 1977, namely “Who is the real victim?” and “Is the media helping or causing harm?”

Alongside Hamm, other members of the cast lending their talent and voices to the project are Carla Gugino (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Dylan Baker (Hunters), and Joe Perrino (Power). The series is directed by Academy Award-winner Shawn Christensen (Blackout), written by CD Carpenter, with Gabriel Mason, Hamm, and Christensen as executive producers. Amazon Music and Criminal Content co-produced the podcast.