Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) are set to co-star opposite David Tennant in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of UK’s Broadchurch. James Strong, who directed the pilot and multiple episodes of the original series, has come on board to direct multiple episodes of the Fox version — including the opening hour, on which he will serve as executive producer. Gracepoint, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder that puts a small town under scrutiny. Gunn, repped by UTA and The Schiff Co., will play Detective Ellie Miller, a wife and mother who was passed over for a promised promotion in favor of an outsider, Carver, but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy. Weaver, repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Toczek, will play Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is writing the first episode of Gracepoint and will executive produce with showrunners Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein as well as Carolyn Bernstein and Jane Featherstone. Filming is scheduled to begin in January for a debut next season. Strong, who just finished directing The Great Train Robbery for the BBC starring Jim Broadbent and Luke Evans, recently signed with WME. He is also repped by manager Jeremy Platt and attorney David Fox.
Anna Gunn & Jacki Weaver Join Fox Event Series ‘Gracepoint’, James Strong To Direct
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