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Frances Conroy to Star in 'The Mist' for Spike (Exclusive)
Spike has found its leading lady for The Mist.
Emmy nominee Frances Conroy has been tapped to star in the scripted drama based on Stephen King's 1980 book and subsequent feature film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Spike's The Mist — picked up straight-to-series with a 10-episode order — tells the harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Six Feet Under and American Horror Story alum Conroy will portray Nathalie, a modern-day ecological martyr. While she is seemingly more connected to nature than most people, her instincts about her fellow humans are dead on. The actress, currently appearing on Hulu's Casual, is repped by Paradigm and Echo Lake Entertainment.
The drama hails from Dimension Television, with Christian Torpe (Denmark's Rita) set as a writer and executive producer. The series will begin production in the summer for a 2017 debut. 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 exec produce for The Weinstein Co./Dimension TV. Amanda Segel also exec produces, while Vlad Wolynetz is onboard as a co-EP.
The Mist stands to be 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. That was picked up a month after Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama Harvest was scrapped following its straight-to-series order.
Harvest was poised to become Spike's first scripted drama series in nine years. The cabler has been active in developing multiple scripted projects after the successful launch of miniseries Tut was able to help Spike re-enter the space. Spike now hopes The Mist will be its first scripted drama series.