My gods, can you believe it? Casting news today is wonderfully diverse and features two women; maybe things are slowly but surely changing. Part of that change is happening because more and more, actresses are taking charge of their own projects, directing and producing great series and movies with women in lead roles, and casting them accordingly. One such woman — who wrote and starred in her own play, which was later turned into a brilliant series she also starred in (and needs to win awards for) — is Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Riding on those successes, Waller-Bridge is now showrunner and executive producer for BBC America’s upcoming eight-part action/thriller/black comedy, Killing Eve (she’s also in the upcoming Han Solo Anthology film).
As announced by the network today, the fabulous Sandra Oh will head this series as the titular Eve, a “whip-smart” security operative who dreams of being a spy. Conversely, the as-yet uncast Oxana Vorontsova (pleaseohpleaseohplease … be Phoebe!) is a psochopath sprung from a Russian prison, with a new identity — “Villanelle” — and as repayment for her early release, trained to be a hired killer who’ll be out to get Oh’s Eve.
Thrilled over Oh’s casting, Waller-Bridge says she’s “…quivering with excitement about working with Sandra! I have been a huge fan of hers forever and am pinching myself that she is playing our Eve. She is going to be so badass in this role.”
Killing Eve is based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novellas, and will air on BBC America in 2018.