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Chloe Sevigny is going from playing a nymphomaniac to a driven detective.
The actress, who is recurring on the second season of FX’s American Horror Story, has been tapped to star in A&E’s drama pilot Those Who Kill, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the Danish series Den Som Dræber, the pilot from writer Glen Morgan (The X-Files) revolves around a police detective and a forensic profiler who possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt.
Sevigny will play Catherine, who’s described as a detective driven by an old anger or sadness who has become a workaholic and doesn’t have much of a social life outside of work. She cares deeply about the victims and has a strong sense of justice.
From Fox 21, Morgan developed the adaptation of Elsebeth Egholm and Stefan Jaworski‘s series with Imagine Television. He will executive produce alongside Jonas Allen, Peter Bose and Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Joe Carnahan will direct the pilot.
Should the project go to series, it would mark Sevigny’s first regular role since she co-starred for five seasons on HBO’s Big Love. Since that show’s March 2011 conclusion, the actress shot the British mini Hit & Miss, in which she played a transgendered contract killer. The six-episode drama aired on DirecTV’s Audience Network earlier this year. She also guest-starred on an episode of FX’s Louie.
The Oscar nominee (Boys Don’t Cry) and Golden Globe winner for Big Love, who also will guest star on IFC’s Portlandia, is repped by WME and Brillstein.
Those Who Kill comes as A&E continues to make a big push into original scripted programming with efforts including the Psycho prequel Bates Motel from Carlton Cuse and starring Vera Farmiga. The network recently renewed freshman drama Longmire and ordered Bates straight to series, bypassing the typical pilot process.
The Those Who Kill pilot will shoot this fall in Pittsburgh.
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