‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Lena Headey to Star in Kurt Sutter’s Netflix Western Series ‘The Abandons’

Lena Headey is set to star in Kurt Sutter’s upcoming Netflix series “The Abandons,” Variety has learned.

The Western series was ordered at the streamer in October 2022. The official series description states: “As a group of diverse, outlier families pursue their Manifest Destiny in 1850s Oregon, a corrupt force of wealth and power, coveting their land, tries to force them out. These abandoned souls, the kind of lost souls living on the fringe of society, unite their tribes to form a family and fight back. In this bloody process, ‘justice’ is stretched beyond the boundaries of the law.”

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Headey will play Fiona, described as “a strong, devout matriarch who, unable to have her own children, took in four orphans to create her own family. Driven by a higher purpose – and a strong-willed Irish temper – her faith and love for her family trump all.”

Headey is of course best known for playing Cersei Lannister on the global hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” for which she earned five Emmy nominations. Headey’s other notable past roles include starring in films like “300,” “Dredd,” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” as well as shows like “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” She is also set to appear in upcoming projects like “White House Plumbers” at HBO.

Headey is repped by CAA, TMT Entertainment Group, and Kraditor & Haber.

Netflix has given “The Abandons” a 10-episode order. Kurt Sutter created the show and will serve as showrunner and executive producer under his SutterInk production banner. Emmy Grinwis will also executive produce. Stephen Surjik will serve as director and executive producer, while Otto Bathurst will direct the first episode and executive produce.

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