Amazon and ITV have given an eight-episode order to the thriller series “The Widow,” starring Kate Beckinsale.
The series hails from writers Harry and Jack Williams, who also executive produce the Amazon comedy “Fleabag” and most recently co-created the SundanceTV series “Liar.”
Beckinsale will star as Georgia Wells, a woman who has cut herself off from her previous life, but is pulled back in search of the truth after seeing her “late” husband on the news. The series will begin production later this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam, Netherlands.
“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world.”
“The Widow” marks Beckinsale’s third collaboration with Amazon Studios, following the 2016 comedy film “Love & Friendship” and the Marc Webb drama “The Only Living Boy in New York.” Eliza Mellor will serve as producer, and Sam Donovan and Olly Blackburn will direct.
“I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow,” said ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill. “She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon.”
“Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey — we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role,” added Harry and Jack Williams. “The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”