After lengthy negotiations, Keri Russell has reached an agreement to star in FX‘s period drama pilot The Americans. Created/executive produced by Joe Weisberg, executive produced by Justified showrunner Graham Yost and directed by Gavin O’Connor, the project centers on two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, DC in the early 1980s. The arranged marriage of Phillip Jennings and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. The Americans is produced by Fox TV Studios and FX Prods. DreamWorks TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, who started the development process on the project, are executive producing.
The Americans marks a return to drama series for Russell, who became a household name playing the title role on the WB drama series Felicity. She recently starred in the Fox comedy Running Wilde. Russell, repped by WME, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Robert Offer, will next be seen in the features Goats and Austenland.