Patricia Clarkson to Play Amy Adams’ Mother on HBO’s “Sharp Objects”


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has already won two Emmys for her work on HBO and now the cable network will give her an opportunity to earn another one, as the Six Feet Under alum has been cast as Amy Adams’ mother in , the Tracking Board has learned.

Adams stars as Camille Preaker, a crime reporter who lives an isolated life as she attempts to numb the pain of her past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, she’s sent on assignment to her quaint Missouri hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. The toxic Southern hospitality amplifies her self-destructive tendencies and triggers a series of events that lead to a terrifying reckoning.

Clarkson will play Camille’s estranged mother Adora Crellin, the queen of Wind Gap’s highest society. Haunted by the untimely passing of Camille’s sister decades earlier, her anxiety is manifested through an overbearing love and protection for her youngest, Amma. Meanwhile, Camille’s sudden return provokes her subtle hostility that threatens Camille’s sobriety and sanity.

Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) will direct all eight episodes and co-edit the series, while Marti Noxon (UnREAL) serves as showrunner and is writing all of the episodes with bestselling author Gillian Flynn, who wrote the 2006 novel of the same name and has an overall deal with HBO.

The drama series hails from eOne and Blumhouse Productions (The Jinx), whose Jason Blum, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades will executive produce along with Adams, Flynn, Noxon, Vallée and Nathan Ross. The latter duo are coming off of HBO’s Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.

In addition to winning a pair of Emmys for her work on HBO’s Six Feet Under, Clarkson earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in Pieces of April. She recently appeared in the Maze Runner movies and will soon be seen alongside Ansel Elgort in the sci-fi movie Jonathan, and opposite Bill Nighy in Isabel Coixet’s drama The Bookshop.

Clarkson is represented by .

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