True Blood alum Anna Paquin has been set to star in Bellevue, an eight-part detective drama set in a blue-collar Canadian town. Actress-turned-writer Jane Maggs and producer/director Adrienne Mitchell co-created the series which will also star Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle (House Of Cards). Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Back Alley Film Productions (Bomb Girls) are producing for Canadian broadcaster the CBC. Shooting starts September 19 in Montreal.
The action takes place in a small town where a lot of ‘good people’ who ‘live right’ take it upon themselves to make sure the neighbors do too. Paquin is Detective Annie Ryder, a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life.
As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her head. Leech will play Annie’s on again/off again ex. Doyle is her police chief.
This is the second recent CBC drama that Paquin has joined. The Canadian-born actress is also starring in Alias Grace, a six-hour miniseries from Sarah Polley and Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment to be broadcast on Netflix and the CBC.
Leech, Downton‘s erstwhile Tom Branson, was in 2014’s Oscar-winning The Imitation Game and will next be seen in Jonathan Mostow’s action thriller Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington. Canadian actor Doyle is a series TV vet who’s currently in CBC drama This Life; Syfy series The Expanse; and Netflix’s upcoming Frontier.
Maggs is senior writer, exec producer and co-showrunner with Back Alley’s Mitchell, who is pilot director and will exec produce. Also exec producing are Back Alley’s Janis Lundman and Muse’s Michael Prupas, Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope) and Jesse Prupas. Muse Distribution International is handling offshore sales.