11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Anna Paquin to Star in ABC's Reese Witherspoon Divorce Drama
Anna Paquin is returning to TV.
The True Blood alum has been tapped to star in ABC's Reese Witherspoon-produced divorce drama, which is now called Broken, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pilot centers on Gemma (Paquin), a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney whose life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces. That triggers her self-destructive tendencies and exposes long-hidden family secrets.
Gemma is described as ambitious, ruthless and whip smart with all the qualities of a hunter. She has been in survival mode since her troubled childhood — doing whatever it took to leave her trailer park past behind and build herself into a success story. She is now one of the most sought-after divorce attorneys in Dallas, having made a fortune off of the heartbreak of wealthy Texans. But beneath Gemma's carefully constructed facade are layers of vulnerability, self-destruction and deeply buried trauma.
Paquin joins a cast that also includes Penelope Ann Miller, Blair Underwood, T.R. Knight, Charity Wakefield, Thad Luckinbill and Zeb Sanders. Meaghan Oppenheimer (Fear the Walking Dead) will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios entry alongside Witherspoon and her studio-based Pacific Standard topper Bruna Papandrea.
Broken becomes Paquin's return to series-regular television following her starring role as Sookie on HBO's vampire drama True Blood. She wrapped her seven-season run on the adapation of Charlaine Harris' book series in 2014. Since then, the actress has focused on features including X-Men: Days of Future Past and a voice role in The Good Dinosaur. She next stars in the A+E miniseries adaptation of Roots. Paquin is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
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