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Maggie Gyllenhaal signs on for 'Honourable' TV gig
"White House Down" star Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to be "The Honourable Woman" for the Sundance Channel.
The cable network is teaming with BBC Worldwide for the original eight-part mini-series "The Honourable Woman" written and directed by Hugo Blick ("The Shadow Line").
"The Honourable Woman" is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop. As a child, Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal) witnesses the assassination of her father, a Zionist arms dealer. When she inherits his company as an adult, she eschews the weapons business and attempts to bridge Israel and the West Bank using high-spec data cabling networks, finding herself in the middle of an international political storm.
Drama Republic’s Greg Brenman (“Low Winter Sun") will exec produce with Abi Bach acting as producer.
"I couldn't put the scripts down," said Gyllenhaal in a release. "Nessa is such an exciting and intricate character. I can't wait to begin filming."
Sundance Channel President Sarah Barnett, added, "'The Honourable Woman' is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families. The talent both behind and in front of the camera is remarkable, and we are so excited to present this brilliant and wildly entertaining mini-series to our viewers."
Gyllenhaal has made a name for herself in such big screen projects as "The Dark night" and "Secretary," but has some limited TV work on her resume, including the 2004 HBO movie "Strip Search," co-starring Glenn Close.