EXCLUSIVE: After a lengthy search, Mireille Enos, (HBO’s Big Love) has landed the lead in the AMC drama pilot The Killing. The project, from Fox TV Studios, will be directed by Patty Jenkins from a script by Veena Sud. Described as Prime Suspect meets The Wire, The Killing is based on the successful Danish series Forbrydelsen. Set in Seattle, it tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the subsequent police investigation through the perspective of the detectives, the grieving family, and the suspects. It centers on Sarah (Enos), the lead homicide detective that investigates the murder.
Enos joins previously cast Billy Campbell as Seattle’s city council president, Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton as the victim’s parents as well as Eric Ladin, Jamie Anne Allman, and Joel Kinnaman. Production on the pilot is scheduled to begin May 10th in Vancouver. Denmark-born producer Mikkel Bondesen (Burn Notice) of Fuse Entertainment brought the format to FtvS where he is based and executive produces the pilot with Sud. Fuse’s Kristen Campo co-produces.
Enos, who was nominated for a Tony in 2005 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has recurred on Big Love, playing twin sisters Kathy and Jodean Marquart. The Killing is one of two drama pilots AMC greenlighted in January. The other one, Walking Dead, was recently given a series order.