Amazon Prime Video and ITV have greenlit The Widow, an eight-episode Prime Original and ITV series, starring Kate Beckinsale.
Production is set to begin this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam. The Widow will premiere on ITV in the UK and on Prime Video in the US and more than 200 countries and territories.
The series will be written by Harry and Jack Williams and produced via their Two Brothers Pictures banner. The Williams’ will also serve as executive producers.
The Widow centres on Georgia Wells who has cut herself off from her previous life and is no longer the woman she once was. After seeing her “late” husband on the news, she is pulled back to face the world and will stop at nothing until she gets the truth about her past. The gut-wrenching thriller will take Georgia into the depths of the African Congo where danger and revelation will greet her at every turn.
Eliza Mellor will produce the series, which will be directed by Sam Donovan and Olly Blackburn. all3media International will distribute the series globally.
“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” Brad Beale, vice-president of worldwide TV content acquisition at Amazon Prime Video, said.
“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.”
Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, said: “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.”
Beckinsale recently wrapped production on Farming, the directorial debut from Nigerian-British writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, opposite Damson Idris and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She most recently starred in the Marc Webb drama The Only Living Boy In New York opposite Jeff Bridges.
Harry and Jack Williams began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom Roman’s Empire. In 2014, the duo wrote and and produced The Missing. Since setting up Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, Harry and Jack have produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky, including the hit comedy Fleabag.