FOX has announced two bits of casting news for next year’s new “event” series, “Gracepoint.” Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver are both joining the cast which already includes David Tennant.
“Gracepoint” is a US remake of British series “Broadchurch,” which also starred Tennant. The actor is best known for his stint as the Gallifreyan Time Lord on “Doctor Who.” Not only is Tennant reprising his “Broadchurch” role for this US remake, but he can next be seen on television this Saturday, reprising his “Doctor Who” role on 50th anniversary special of that series, “Day of the Doctor.”
Anna Gunn is joining “Gracepoint” in the role of Detective Ellie Miller. This puts the actress on the right side of the law following her time on the wrong side in “Breaking Bad,” where she played Skyler White, wife of drug kingpin Walter White.
Jacki Weaver has been cast as Susan Wright, a mysterious woman who is new to town and who harbors a dark history. Weaver is a two-time Academy Award nominee.
“Gracepoint” is the story of a murder investigation in a small town, with the detectives played by Tennant and Gunn taking the lead in case. While Tennant’s character is an outsider, Gunn’s Miller is a local and is forced to look at her home in a new way as she digs into the case.
As stated above, FOX is billing the show as an “event” series and is planning on airing it during the 2014-2015 television season. “Broadchurch” aired in the States this summer on BBC America.