Kate Beckinsale takes on the lead role in the upcoming limited drama series The Widow for ITV and Amazon Prime Video.
The Widow was commissioned by ITV, which will debut the series before it airs as an Amazon Prime original in the U.S. Harry and Jack Williams (Liar, The Missing) are writing and executive producing.
The series will go into production this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam. Global distribution will be handled by all3media international.
Beckinsale recently wrapped production on Farming, the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. She most recently starred in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York and previously starred in Love & Friendship, based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan.
Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, commented: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. 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 Prime.”
Brad Beale, the VP of worldwide TV content acquisition for Amazon Prime Video, said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.
“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.”
Harry and Jack Williams said: “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. 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.”