Jessica Biel to Star in, Produce USA Network Anthology Series ‘The Sinner’

TCA 2017: Drama is based on book of same name by Petra Hammesfahr

Last Updated: January 17, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

Jessica Biel will star in and executive produce a new anthology series for USA Network, the network announced Tuesday.

Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name, the first installment of the close-ended series follows a young mother (Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why.

The event draws in an investigator (Bill Pullman) who finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. Together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.

“From the moment Dawn [Olmstead] brought in this provocative thriller, we knew that only an exceptional creative team would realize its full potential,” said Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Jessica, Bill, Derek and Antonio take us on an unforgettable ride.”

The project was announced at the at Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.

Biel’s producing partner Michelle Purple will also serve as executive producer, through their company Iron Ocean. The pilot was written by executive producer Derek Simonds. Antonio Campos directed the pilot and also served as an executive producer, with Charlie Gogolak also executive producing. The series marks the first project to be picked up to series under Biel and Purple’s POD deal with Universal Cable Productions.