The actress, who recently appeared in Fremantle’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, is working on a slate of drama projects co-developed by the American Gods producer.
Her first series is Vivling, a series based on the life of legendary British actress Vivien Leigh, as first revealed by Deadline in May. The story will follow the highs and lows of the much-loved starlet who conquered Hollywood and give audiences a glimpse into the complex mind of the Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire star. The show is being developed in association with ITV-backed Mainstreet Pictures.
Stewart Harcourt, who penned 2016’s Michael Gambon-starrer Churchill’s Secret, has been inked in as a screenwriter. As well as archival material and the films the actor made, the project will additionally draw from Kendra Bean’s 2013 biography, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait.
It’s been a busy year for Dormer, who starred as Sofia in psychological thriller In Darkness, which she co-wrote. As well as being recently seen on the West End stage in Venus in Fur, she stars in Icon Productions’ adaptation of the Simon Winchester best-seller The Professor and The Madman, starring opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
Dormer said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Fremantle. Their impressive slate reflects a dedication to the highest quality storytelling and the strength of their reputation internationally.”
Christian Vesper, Fremantle’s Executive Vice President and Creative Director for Global Drama added, “Natalie is a true talent both as an actress and producer. Her great ambition and taste for compelling entertaining projects is a perfect mix to add to the Fremantle family. We’re excited to be working with Natalie and to announce further new projects soon.”
Dormer is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Jackoway Austen and United Agents in the UK.
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