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Starz Orders Drama ‘One Percent’ to Star Ed Helms, Hilary Swank

Starz has given a 10-episode order to drama series “The One Percent” from director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu to star Ed Helms and Hilary Swank.

Series from Media Rights Capital revolves around a struggling farmer (Helms) who encounters a bizarre twist of fate that might save or ruin his family farm. Swank is in final negotiations for the role of his wife. Ed Harris is on board for a key role as the family patriarch.

Deal promises to bring Inarritu’s distinct storytelling style and visual flair to the U.S. small screen. The Mexican helmer behind “Babel” and “Amores Perros” created the series with his frequent collaborators Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. Those four will also exec produce.

Iñárritu will direct the first two episodes to set the visual style of the show. Iñárritu and MRC previously worked together on 2006’s “Babel.”

Inarritu’s first foray into U.S. TV sparked interest from several cablers, including HBO and AMC. Starz landed the project by putting up a straight-to-series commitment and by CEO Chris Albrecht’s enthusiasm for the concept.

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