PBS has signed an Emmy Award-winning actor as the new host of the long-running documentary series "Independent Lens," reports Entertainment Weekly. Stanley Tucci is the latest distinguished star to host the series, following in the footsteps of Edie Falco, Don Cheadle, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Angela Bassett, Maggie Gyllenhaal and others.
Tucci ("Julia & Julie," "The Hunger Games") won an Emmy for his lead performance in “Winchell” in 1999, along with an Emmy for a guest appearance on “Monk” in 2007. He also has an Oscar nomination on his resume, for a supporting role in the 2009 movie “The Lovely Bones.”
In a statement, Lois Vossen, "Lens’" senior producer, said: “Stanley Tucci truly embodies the spirit and essence of ‘Independent Lens.’ Incapable of giving a bad performance, he owns each role, yet continues to surprise audiences with every new character. His acclaimed work as an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter demonstrates how much he understands what it means to be an independent filmmaker. We are deeply honored that he chose to support our series.”
Tucci added: “I’ve been on both sides of the camera, and I can tell you: There’s no easy way to make these films. Behind every risk-taking expose and intimate portrait is an independent filmmaker who has spent years building trust, gaining access, and getting the story right. In the end, you get a great film told with passion and perspective.”