We’ve really missed seeing Toni Collette on our screens, so news announced today that she’ll star in the new drama, Wanderlust, made us stand up and punch the air. (There may also have been some dancing.)
Scheduled to air in both the U.K. and U.S., on BBC One and Netflix respectively, the six-part series is “an exploration of the relationships of a multi-generational family.” We are suitably intrigued!
The BBC Press Office fills in the blanks a little bit with this tweet announcing that our favorite Australian actress (pictured next to co-star William Ash) will take the lead:
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) November 8, 2017
The above caption may be brief, but the question posed — “Is lifelong monogamy possible?” — is very telling. Is the BBC Press Office hinting at an adultery theme? Possibly.
According to the show description, Collette takes on the role of Joy Richards, a therapist trying to find a way to keep her marriage alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship,
We’ll have to wait for more official details. But, what we can deduce from the picture above is that Wanderlust is set, at least in part, in a country where steering wheels go on the righthand side. (We may also have been tipped off by the fact that filming has reportedly begun in Manchester, England. Gotta love our Sherlock level sleuthing skills.)
Most recently we’ve seen Collette on American TV in Hostages (2013-2014) as Dr. Ellen Sanders. She’s also popped up in her native Australia, starring in the 2014 miniseries Devil’s Playground and this year’s Blue Murder: Killer Cop, also a limited series. From 2009-2011, she portrayed multiple characters in Showtime’s The United States of Tara, which she won a 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.
But perhaps her most memorable performance was as the worried mother of a little boy who “sees dead people” in 1999’s The Sixth Sense, which earned her an Oscar nomination in 2000. And who can forget her in the title role of 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding?
We have a sneaking feeling she’ll be just as outstanding in Wanderlust.
In addition to Collette, we can look for Steven Mackintosh (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), William Ash (Waterloo Road), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Royce Pierreson (Line of Duty).
The six hour-long episodes are written by playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), marking his TV debut. As of yet there’s no airdate.
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