Jacki Weaver has signed on to star in Fox's remake of hit British crime drama "Broadchurch".
Produced by Shine America, and co-starring Breaking Bad's Emmy winning Anna Gunn, the Fox version of the series will be titled "Gracepoint" - after the American town where the series is set.
Gunn is cast to play Detective Ellie Miller, a happily married wife and mother who is looking forward to a promised promotion. When the job goes to outsider Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant ), 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.
Weaver has been cast as Susan Wright, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town and lives in the RV park, alone with her dog. She works various cleaning and odd jobs and prefers to remain anonymous, but has a dark history kept fiercely hidden.
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends, "Gracepoint" is scheduled to begin filming in January, for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season.
Weaver is Australians in Film's 2013 Breakthrough Award Honoree.