The Oscar winner has been tapped to star in the premium cable network’s untitled Alan Ball drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project focuses on a contemporary multiracial family: a philosophy professor; his lawyer wife; their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia; and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is harboring deep rifts. One of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness or something else? The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.
Hunter will star as Audrey Black, matriarch of the Black-Bishop family. She and her husband, Greg, are socially conscious idealists who decided to build a family by adopting children from overseas before having their own child in their 40s. Once a therapist in private practice, Audrey now reluctantly uses her skills as a psychologist in the corporate world, balancing her more progressive personal philosophy with the need to make money. She is a smart, caring woman who believes she knows what’s best for everyone and has no problem telling them. But with her husband now fighting depression and her children mostly grown, Audrey finds herself somewhat adrift.
Ball created the drama and will executive produce alongside his Your Face Goes Here banner topper Peter Macdissi. The project marks the fifth collaboration for Ball with HBO and its sibling cabler, Cinemax, following Six Feet Under, True Blood and Banshee. He next exec produces Oprah Winfrey TV movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, due in 2017 from HBO Films.
Hunter, repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham, counts Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as indie Strange Weather among her recent credits. She will next be seen in 2017’s Judd Apatow feature The Big Stick and will reprise her voice role in the Incredibles sequel due in 2018. On the TV side, the actress has appeared in Top of the Lake and Saving Grace. The Ball drama marks Hunter’s first starring TV role since Saving Grace ended in 2010.