Oscar-winner Anna Paquin is continuing her stay on the small screen as she has signed on to star in the limited series FLACK. The series is created and executive produced by Oliver Lansley, and will be comprised of six hour-long episodes.
Paquin will play Robyn, a London-based publicity connoisseur in the extremely competitive and celebrity-driven world of public relations. While her wit helps her accomplish her professional responsibilities, her personal life is often neglected. Viewers will follow Robyn as she tackles issues that surface when working in the modern digital age in which scandals easily go viral. Robyn will deal with high-profile clients, including entertainment, fashion, and sports personalities.
In addition to Lansley, executive producers include Paquin, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Stephen Moyer, Mark Larkin, and Hat Trick Productions’ Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams. Peter Cattaneo is set to direct with the series beginning production in London later this month.
The dramedy is a bit of a change of pace for the network who have been solidly building their audience every year as they focused on half hours like Schitt’s Creek starring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, and Hollywood Darlings. More recently they debuted Let’s Get Physical, a comedy set in the fitness world. With the addition of Flack, it feels as though the network is now feeling comfortable enough to stretch its legs and its brand.
Paquin is best known for her role as Rogue in Fox’s X-Men films and for starring as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood. More recently she has continued to find a variety of roles in television with series like Bellevue, Alias Grace, and History’s Roots remake. She is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Emily J | Managing Editor