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TV Casting News: Rosamund Pike to star in a short-form comedy series 'State of the Union'

Rosamund Pike starring in a TV comedy series?!?!1 Color me surprise! I didn't expect Miss Pike to do a TV series (not that she hasn't done one before doing mostly films. She did a couple TV mini-series before P&P movie such as Wives And Daughters and Love In A Cold Climate), let alone a comedy mini-series one, since she's been super busy filming her many upcoming film projects including A Private War (with P&P co-star Tom Hollander). But when I saw the writer, Nick Hornby (who wrote the screenplay for An Education, which starred Carey Mulligan and Pike), It made sense as I remember after An Education, he wanted to work with Rosamund again and was writing and working with her in mind in an unnamed project that's been in the works for several years. So, this short-form comedy series (of ten-by-ten minutes episodes) must be the one (instead of a film) that he came up with to working on and get Rosamund on board, despite her being busy. I’m glad she pick this project because it’s something different for her.

Read more info. via Deadline below...

Rosamund Pike & Chris O’Dowd To Star In Stephen Frears-Directed, Nick Hornby-Penned Comedy Series For SundanceTV

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike and Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd are set to star in a Stephen Frears-directed comedy series for SundanceTV.

The pair are to front the short-form comedy series State of the Union, which will be a series of ten-by-ten minute episodes, to be produced by The King’s Speech producer See-Saw Films and written by High Fidelity author Nick Hornby.

State of the Union follows Louise and Tom, played by Pike and O’Dowd, who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together, and what has started to pull them apart.

Shooting will commence later this summer in London with Hornby and Frears exec producing alongside Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman. Kristin Jones, EVP of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, is the executive in charge for SundanceTV, with Amy Jackson producing. Endeavor Content is handling international sales.

Hornby said, “I am so pleased to be working again with Stephen, Rosamund and Chris.  I first met Stephen when he directed High Fidelity, Rosamund when she revealed her wonderful comic talent in An Education, and Chris when he made the forthcoming Juliet, Naked, and I think they will make a tremendous team. State of the Union is an unusual project, so it’s all the more gratifying that we have managed to attract talent of this magnitude.”

“Sundance is thrilled to partner with our good friends at See-Saw Films on this short form original production,” added Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “We are fortunate to have a dream team in front of and behind the camera to bring to life Nick’s intimate, entertaining and relatable story of a modern marriage to life.”



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