Michelle Monaghan to Star in Jason Katims' Hulu Drama 'The Way'

Mike Cahill will direct the pilot of the series created by Jessica Goldberg.
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Michelle Monaghan

Parenthood and Friday Night Lights' Jason Katims has found his next leading lady.

Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan has been tapped to star in Katims' Hulu drama The Way, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on a script Katims and his True Jack Productions head of development Michelle Lee created with Parenthood alum Jessica Goldberg last year, The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Each hourlong episode will take an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. The 10-episode straight-to-series drama will go into production in the summer for a winter premiere.

Monaghan — who earned the Globe nom for her supporting turn in HBO's True Detective and whose credits include Gone Baby Gone and Source Code — will play the female lead Sarah Cleary, a high-level member of a controversial movement who finds herself navigating the truths and untruths colliding in her life. 

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The drama hails from Universal Television, where Katims True Jack is based. Jessica Goldberg will write and executive produce the series, alongside with Katims and Lee. Mike Cahill (Another Earth) will direct the pilot. 

Monaghan is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Sloane Offer. Cahill, who wrote and directed the 2011 Sundance hit Another Earth as well as sci-fi entry I, Origins is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.

Monaghan — who fielded multiple broadcast pilot offers this past season, comes to Hulu as the streaming service had been looking for high-end premium talent after its casting coup with James Franco in Warner Bros. Television's J.J. Abrams-Stephen King miniseries 11/22/63.

Monaghan is in good company with previous Katims leading ladies including Parenthood's Lauren Graham and Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton.

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