After saying goodbye to her formidable Game of Thrones character, Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey has landed the lead in an intriguing new TV pilot.
The charismatic Brit will star in Rita, an hourlong comedy-drama which has secured a pilot order from Showtime.
Headey will also serve as an exec producer on the project, which is a remake of an acclaimed Danish series written by Christian Torpe. Torpe is also writing the Showtime pilot as well as exec-producing alongside Headey.
Headey’s title character sounds like a terrific fit for the actress. According to Variety, Rita is a “headstrong” and “unconventional” single mom and teacher who likes to challenge personal and professional authority figures. There’s no word yet, though, on whether she’ll do this while nursing a glass of wine, Cersei-style.
“Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her,” said Jana Winograde, president of entertainment at Showtime. “It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role.”
It’s the second new role of the week for Headey, who’s also joined the voice cast of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a new Netflix animated series led by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Headey’s former Thrones co-star Nathalie Emmanuel.
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