'Penny Dreadful' Star Sarah Greene Joins CBS' 'Ransom'

Sarah Greene - H 2016
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Sarah Greene - H 2016

Germany's RTL has come on board as a broadcast partner for the Canada-France co-production, which stars 'Black Sails' actor Luke Roberts.

Penny Dreadful star Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor have joined the cast for the CBS drama Ransom, alongside Luke Roberts.

The Entertainment One drama series has also brought Germany's RTL on board as a broadcast partner, along with TF1 in France and Global Television in Canada. Greene will play Maxine Carlson, a young newcomer eager to prove herself, while Graceland actor Jay McLaren is Oliver Yates, a psychological profiler.

Ransom will also star 24's Nazneen Contractor as ex-cop Zara Hallam. Her casting follows Contractor, who appeared in the backdoor pilot for the Dick Wolf spinoff Chicago Justice, now exiting the forthcoming NBC legal drama

Black Sails actor Luke Roberts was earlier announced to star. Ransom has started shooting its 13-episode first season in Toronto and France this fall.

Co-created and exec produced by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Man in the High Castle) and David Vainola (Combat Hospital), Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world.

Together they travel around the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution. Ransom is a Canada-France treaty co-production.

It will be co-produced by eOne, Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner as well as Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcats.