Kate Beckinsale will star in THE WIDOW

24 January 2018

We are so excited to announce that Kate Beckinsale will star as Georgia Wells in THE WIDOW for ITV and Amazon Studios.

Internationally renowned film star, Kate Beckinsale, will star in ITV’s original limited series drama, The Widow, which will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video and written by Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (Liar, The Missing).

Kate Beckinsale has proven to be one of the industry’s most versatile and charismatic performers. Beckinsale recently wrapped production on Farming, the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, opposite Damson Idris and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She most recently starred in the Marc Webb drama The Only Living Boy in New York opposite Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner, and Kiersey Clemons, which was released by Amazon Studios. Prior to that, she starred in Amazon Studios’ comedy Love & Friendship, directed by Whit Stillman and based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, for which she won the Evening Standard Award, the London Film Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance.  She is also known for her starring role in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night.  Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking.  Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.

Commented Polly Hill:

“I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow.  She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”

On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said:

“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”

“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.

Commented Harry and Jack Williams:

“Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role.  The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”

Further reading:

Amazon and ITV Greenlight ‘The Widow,’ Starring Kate Beckinsale


24 January 2018

ITV has commissioned eight part series, The Widow.
ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned The Widow, an original eight part drama series written by Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams.   
Produced by Two Brothers Pictures (Liar, The Missing, Fleabag), The Widow introduces us to Georgia Wells who has cut herself off from her previous life and is no longer the woman she once was.
The series will follow Georgia as she is pulled back to face the world, and forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.
Haunted by the past and grieving for all she has lost, she hasn’t given up hope of discovering what really happened to her husband while he worked in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Polly Hill commented: “Harry and Jack really are masters of complex emotional and unpredictable storytelling. The Widow is a brilliantly relevant, contemporary story that constantly surprises and I am delighted to have it on ITV. I think it will be a real treat for our audience.”
Harry and Jack Williams said: “We love working with Polly and we’re so excited she’s put her faith in us again for our most cinematic and ambitious series yet.”
The series will go into production during the winter of 2018 in Wales, Africa and the Netherlands.
More details of casting and key production roles will be announced closer to the commencement of filming.
All3Media International will distribute the drama globally.

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