Anna Gunn is pulling the trigger on her follow-up to Breaking Bad.
The Emmy winner has landed the co-lead opposite David Tennant in Gracepoint, Fox’s limited-series adaptation of the UK murder mystery Broadchurch, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Jacki Weaver — an Oscar nominee for 2012′s Silver Linings Playbook — has landed a supporting role in the project.
Gunn will play Detective Ellie Miller, a happily married wife and mother who works as a police detective in the sleepy seaside town of Gracepoint. When a promotion she was promised goes to an outsider (Tennant, essentially reprising his role from the UK version), Ellie is disgruntled — but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy, and she must work her very first murder case with her prickly new partner. As the case progresses, she’ll have to look at her hometown, and those she cares about, through a different prism.
Olivia Colman plays the Ellie role in the UK series (to great acclaim).
Weaver, meanwhile, will co-star as Susan Wright, a glowering and mysterious woman who lives in the local RV park with only her dog to keep her company. She prefers to remain anonymous, and has a dark history kept fiercely hidden. (This is the role played by Pauline Quirke in Broadchurch).
In Treatment‘s Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein will serve as showrunners.
Thoughts Broadchurch diehards? Feeling more optimistic about this remake of sorts given the impressive cast?