November 19, 2013 01:46:45 GMT
The 'Breaking Bad' alumna and the 'Silver Linings Playbook' actress join David Tennant on 'Gracepoint', the American version of the successful British crime series.
Anna Gunn has landed her first TV role post-"Breaking Bad". The Skyler White depicter, along with Jacki Weaver, has just been added to the cast of FOX's "Gracepoint", a remake of British crime drama series "Broadchurch".
Gunn, who recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on the AMC series, will play Detective Ellie Miller, a happily married wife and mother who is looking forward to a promised promotion.
When the job goes to outsider Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), Ellie is disgruntled, but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy, and she must work her very first murder case with her prickly new partner. As the case progresses, she'll have to look at her hometown, and those she cares about, through a different prism.
Oscar-nominated actress Weaver, meanwhile, takes on the role of Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town and lives in the RV park, alone with her dog. She works various cleaning and odd jobs and prefers to remain anonymous, but has a dark history kept fiercely hidden.
"Gracepoint" will be set in an American town and will follow the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found lifeless on a beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.
The original version, which premiered in March in the U.K., drew 10 million viewers for its season finale and has become the U.K.'s most-watched new drama of the year. Former "Doctor Who" actor Tennant also stars on the British version, which premiered August 7 in the U.S. on BBC America.
The upcoming FOX long-form "event" series eyes a January start date for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season. Dan Futterman ("Capote", "In Treatment") and Anya Epstein ("In Treatment", "Homicide") will serve as showrunners. Chris Chibnall ("Dr. Who", "Camelot") writes the first episode, with James Strong ("Broadchurch", "Downton Abbey") on board to direct it.