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'Vikings' Star Alyssa Sutherland Boards Spike's 'The Mist' (Exclusive)
Vikings stars Alyssa Sutherland is headed to Spike.
The actress has joined the cabler's TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series tells the harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Sutherland will portray Eve Cunningham, a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.
The actress joins Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Six Feet Under), who will topline the project. It is unclear what Sutherland's Mist role means for the future of her Vikings character, Queen Aslaug. The historical drama wrapped the first half of its expanded fourth season in April. Production begins on Mist's 10-episode first season this summer for a 2017 debut.
Sutherland's other credits include Law & Order: SVU and Arbitrage. She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
The Mist hails from Dimension Television, with Christian Torpe (Denmark's Rita) set as a writer and executive producer. Dimension exec vp scripted Megan Spanjian will oversee the series alongside exec vp production and creative affairs Matthew Signer and senior vp production and development Keith Levine. Spike exec vp originals Sharon Levy, senior vp scripted original series Ted Gold and senior director scripted Lauren Ruggiero will oversee for Spike. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser will executive produce for The Weinstein Co./Dimension TV, with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine set to produce. Amanda Segel also exec produces, while Vlad Wolynetz is on board as a co-executive producer.
The Mist marks Spike's first ongoing scripted series in years. The project was fast-tracked — picked up to pilot and then straight to series — after Spike hit pause on Red Mars following showrunner Peter Noah's departure. The Viacom-owned cable network has been eager to ramp up its scripted slate since its successful 2015 miniseries Tut.