Boardwalk Empire alumna Gretchen Mol is set as the female lead opposite Hugh Laurie in Hulu’s drama series Chance, from author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, producer Michael London and Fox 21 TV Studios.
The project, which has a two-season, 20-episode straight-to-series order for a late 2016 premiere, is based on Nunn’s novel. It is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient, Jaclyn Blackstone (Mol), who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s decent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind.
Mol’s Jackie/Jaclyn was referred by Stanford Neurology Clinic for complaints of memory loss and blackouts. Married to an abusive Oakland homicide detective, she says she wants to escape him – but also claims to have a secondary personality who will not allow her to leave. Chameleonic, charismatic and resourceful, Jaclyn is the kind of woman who can make sane men do insane things.
Nunn and Cunningham wrote the TV adaption of Nunn’s novel and executive produce, with Cunningham serving as showrunner. Abrhamson will executive produce and direct several episodes.
Mol, repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management, has been recurring on Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning Mozart In the Jungle.