9:00am PT by Natalie Jarvey
Hulu Orders Abigail Spencer Revenge Drama, Elle Fanning Catherine the Great Starrer
Hulu is adding to its slate with two pickups.
The streamer has handed out series orders to revenge drama Reprisal starring Abigail Spencer and Catherine the Great-centric The Great starring Elle Fanning. The series are expected to go into production later this year and premiere in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
In Reprisal, Spencer stars as a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gear heads. The series also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Madison Davenport, Rhys Wakefield, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown and Gilbert Owuor.
Hailing from A+E Studios in association with The Littlefield Co., the series was created, written and executive produced by Josh Corbin. The Handmaid's Tale producer Warren Littlefield executive produces alongside Barry Jossen and Jonathan van Tulleken, who also directed the pilot. Ann Johnson and Graham Littlefield serve as co-executive producers.
The Great features Fanning as the Russian empress as the genre-bending, anti-historical series follows the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great. Nicholas Hoult also stars. Rounding out the cast are Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge and Sacha Dhawan.
The Favourite screenwriter Tony McNamara created, wrote and executive produced The Great. From producer MRC, the series was also executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline's Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake's Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Fanning and Matt Shakman, who directed the project. (Valence Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, also owns MRC.)
The shows join a pipeline of upcoming projects at Hulu, including Mindy Kaling's Four Weddings and a Funeral adaptation, a Veronica Mars revival, Wu-Tang: An American Saga from Brian Grazer and The RZA and Little Fires Everywhere from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, among others including a slate of animated Marvel series that was also announced Monday at the streamer's portion of the TCA winter press tour.