'The Little Things': Meet Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, cast of HBO Max's serial killer thriller

The HBO Max release will be an absolute treat to kickstart the already healing 2021

                            'The Little Things': Meet Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, cast of HBO Max's serial killer thriller
Rami Malek, Jared Letto and Denzel Washington in 'The Little Things' (HBO Max)

Here's a little something for fans of true-crime based fiction on the screen. Bringing in a trio of Hollywood's finest, writer and director John Lee Hancock weaves his magic again, the way he had with 'The Highwaymen', 'The Blind Side', 'The Rookie', and 'Saving Mr. Banks'. Titled 'The Little Things', this upcoming HBO film will be an absolute treat to kickstart the already healing 2021. 

According to the official synopsis of the film, "Deputy Sheriff Joe 'Deke' Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case." Read on to find out who you can expect to see.

Denzel Washington

Honoree Denzel Washington speaks onstage during the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019, in Hollywood, California.

It's hard to be a movie buff and not be aware of this name. The actor, director, and producer has received seventeen NAACP Image Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for playing Union Army soldier Private Trip in the historical drama film 'Glory' (1989), and Best Actor for his role as corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller 'Training Day' (2001). The New York Times has also ranked him as the greatest actor of the 21st century. For works like a South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in 'Cry Freedom' (1987), and the titular Muslim minister and human rights activist in 'Malcolm X' (1992), Washington's merit lies in the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award h received at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. He stars as the Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe 'Deke' Deacon in the upcoming movie. 

Rami Malek 

Rami Malek attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California.

As L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim 'Jimmy' Baxter, Malek adds another feather to his already illustrious bonnet that brags of roles like Freddie Mercury in 2020's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and the USA Network television series hacker in 'Mr. Robot' (2015–2019). He also has a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor to his name. As the first actor of Egyptian heritage to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, Malek has also been named by The Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.

Jared Leto

Jared Leto attends the "A Day In The Life Of America" screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 27, 2019, in New York City.

Like his dual fame as an Academy Award-winning actor, and a very popular musician, Leto plays the role of Albert Sparma - a strange man who is also suspected to be the killer. Leto had shot to fame as Jordan Catalano on the television series 'My So-Called Life' (1994), and then went on to do incredibly acclaimed supporting roles in 'The Thin Red Line' (1998), 'Fight Club', and 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) and 'American Psycho'. H played the infamous DC Joker for the first time since Heathe Ledger and also won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a trans-woman on 'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013). He is also the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for the very popular band 'Thirty Seconds to Mars'.

The film also stars Natalie Morales, Terry Kinney as Captain Farris, Chris Bauer as Sal Rizoli, Joris Jarsky as Detective Rogers, Isabel Arraiza as Anna Baxter, Michael Hyatt as Flo Dunigan, Sofia Vassilieva as Tina Salvatore, Jason James Richter as Detective Dennis Williams, Kerry O'Malley as Mrs. Roberts, Sheila Houlahan, and John Harlan Kim.

'The Little Things' premieres on Friday, January 29, available for streaming only on HBO Max.

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