Ellen Barkin to star in HBO series

Actress also exec producing untitled drama

HBO has ordered a half-hour pilot script and set Ellen Barkin to star in and exec produce the untitled project. TV series would be the first for the actress.

The script will be written by Shauna Cross, who scripted Drew Barrymore’s upcoming directorial debut “Whip It!”

Story revolves around a woman famous for her high-profile marriage who divorces and re-enters the singles market and finds herself developing a close, platonic bond with the 24-year-old son of her ex-husband.

“You have this character in her early 50s … whose life explodes unexpectedly,” Cross said. “Her nerve and life experience allows her to tell the world to go screw itself, and they love her for it.”

Barkin will be executive producer with Cross and Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller. Mosaic’s Sam Hansen and Ann Blanchard will also be producers.

Barkin was last seen in “Ocean’s Thirteen” and the Sundance title “Brooklyn’s Finest.” She recently completed starring roles in the Mitchell Lichtenstein-directed “Happy Tears,” and “Rogue’s Gallery.”