EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Mena Suvari is finalizing a deal to play the lead in WE tv‘s second original scripted series, thriller drama South Of Hell from Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. The show, which has an eight-episode straight-to-series order for a 2015 premiere, comes from top horror producers Jason Blum and Eli Roth, in their first pairing. A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina, South Of Hell focuses on Maria Abascal (Suvari), a stunning demon-hunter-for-hire whose power stems from within. Like those she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her.
The premiere episode of South Of Hell will be directed by Roth from a script by Matt Lambert. James Manos Jr. is executive producer and showrunner. Blum of Blumhouse Prods. also serves as executive producer, along with Gerard Bocaccio, who worked at Blumhouse; Roth; Sonar CEO Gene Stein; and the company’s former CEO Stewart Till.
American Beauty and American Pie alumna Suvari, repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Darren Trattner, is coming off playing the lead in another thriller drama, Amazon’s pilot Hysteria from Shaun Cassidy. She also recently completed an arc on NBC’s Chicago Fire and has recurred on FX’s American Horror Story.