Holly Hunter To Star In Alan Ball’s Family Drama Series For HBO

Nellie Andreeva
Deadline

Oscar winner Holly Hunter will lead the cast of Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball’s new drama series for HBO.

Written by Ball, the yet-untitled series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today. It focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family. Philosophy professor Greg Bishop and his lawyer wife Audrey Black (Hunter) are socially conscious idealists who decided to build a family by adopting children from Vietnam, Somali and Colombia before having their own child in their 40s. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else?

Once a therapist in private practice, Hunter’s Audrey now reluctantly utilizes her skills as a psychologist in the corporate world, balancing her more progressive personal philosophy with the need to make money. She is a smart, caring woman who believes she knows what’s best for everyone and has no problem telling them. But with her husband now fighting depression and her children mostly grown, she finds herself somewhat adrift.

Ball executive produces through his Your Face Goes Here, along with Peter Macdissi. The series falls under a new overall deal Ball signed with HBO earlier this year.

Hunter recently appeared in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and in the indie Strange Weather, which premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. She will next be seen in the Judd Apatow-produced The Big Sick and will reprise her voice role in the sequel to Pixar’s animated hit The Incredibles. In TV, she previously toplined the TNT drama series Saving Grace and co-starred in Top Of The Lake. Hunter is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham.

In addition to creating and executive producing the long-running and well-received HBO dramas Six Feet Under and True Blood, Ball recently executive produced the Cinemax series Banshee, which concluded its four-season run earlier this year, and is executive producing with Oprah Winfrey the upcoming HBO Films movie The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, in which Winfrey also stars.

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