Ozark actor Tom Pelphrey teams up with Law and Order SVU star for role away from Netflx

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Ben Davis (played by Tom Pelphrey) was undoubtedly one of the most talked-about new additions to the fray in Ozark season three. The troubled brother of the Netflix series stalwart Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney), Ben met a gruesome end during his one-season run as he was brutally killed in heartbreaking scenes under his sister’s orders. However, ahead of Ozark season four, Pelphrey has wasted no time in lining up his next project as part of HBO Max drama Love and Death alongside Law and Order: SVU regular, Elizabeth Marvel.

Love and Death is the upcoming HBO Max limited series centred on the true story of Betty Gore’s murder at the hands of friend Candy Montgomery in the city of Wylie, Texas in 1980.

The series is inspired by the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburb which included interviews from both members of the Gore and Montgomery families in the years after the murder took place.

Pelphrey will take on the role of Don Crowder in the limited drama and he isn’t the only big-name penned to star in the role.

WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen leads the upcoming drama as the aforementioned Montgomery while American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe takes on the role of Gore.

Marvel will appear in Love and Death as Pastor Jackie Ponder – her CV also boasts roles in the likes of Manifest, Law and Order: SVU and Homeland.

Also signed up to appear in the HBO limited series are Atypical’s Keir Gilchrist, Gone Girl’s Patrick Fugit and Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons.

Since departing Ozark, Pelphrey returned to screens in the Oscar-nominated blockbuster Mank and has roles in films Jill and American Murderer in the pipeline.

But will Pelphrey be back in the fourth season of Ozark as well? Sadly for fans, it doesn’t look good as showrunner Chris Mundy has spoken publicly on the fate of Ben.

Many fans had tipped Ben to return from the dead given the rather shady circumstances surrounding his final scene. 

Hitman Nelson (Nelson Bonilla) found him alone at an isolated diner after being driven out of town by Wendy and the next fans knew, a body was being cremated. 

But responding to the theory the body wasn’t Ben’s, Mundy said at the PaleyFest virtual panel last year: “I’ve heard this theory.

”My response is I love that fact that people love that character enough to come up with that theory.

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“I wish it were true, but it ain’t true, unfortunately,” he added, all but ruling out a return for Ben in the fourth and final run.

However, there’s still the chance for flashbacks of course, with Ozark no stranger to transporting fans back and forth.

But fans will just have to wait until Ozark returns to Netflix for the final time to find out for sure.

In the meantime, a number of fans have been sharing their excitement at the new Pelphrey has signed up the new HBO drama.

“I love this cast already,” one fan said on Twitter in response to the news, while a second simply put: “Dude can act.”

A third added to the praise: ”@TomPelphrey should be in all the things [applause emoji].”

While Ozark’s Sam Dermody star Kevin Johnson congratulated his co-star: “Congratulations, bud!!! Just keep on racking them up!!! @TomPelphrey #LoveAndDeath.”

Ozark seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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