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Amazon and ITV Greenlight ‘The Widow,’ Starring Kate Beckinsale

Amazon and ITV have greenlit “The Widow,” an eight-episode original series from Harry and Jack Williams, and starring Kate Beckinsale.

The Widow” follows Georgia Wells (Beckinsale), a woman who has cut herself off from her previous life but is pulled back to the face that world after seeing her supposedly deceased husband on the news. The thriller will take her “into the depths of the African Congo, where danger and revelation will greet her at every turn,” as she stops at nothing to get to the truth about her past.

“We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films,” said Brad Beale, vice president, worldwide TV content acquisition at Amazon Prime Video, in a statement. (Beckinsale recently starred in Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York,” which was released on Amazon in August 2017, as well as Amazon’s “Love & Friendship,” based on Jane Austen’s novel “Lady Susan.”)

“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,” Beale continued.

ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill added that they are delighted by Beckinsale’s casting as well because 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.”

The Williams’, who most recently produced “Fleabag” for Amazon, are calling “The Widow” their “most ambitious and cinematic piece to date,” noting that they “can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”

“The Widow” will be executive produced by Williams’ Two Brothers Pictures, with Eliza Mellor also on-board to produce. Sam Donovan and Olly Blackburn will direct. The series will be distributed globally by All3Media Intl, premiering on ITV in the UK and Amazon in the US and more than 200 countries and territories.

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