Pay-cable channel Starz has placed a series order for a new drama that will star a two-time Oscar winner. Variety reports that the channel ordered 10 episodes of “The One Percent,” to star Hilary Swank.
The project comes from director Alejandro Inarritu, and will also star Ed Helms and Ed Harris.
The series, from Media Rights Capital, “revolves around a struggling farmer (Helms) who encounters a bizarre twist of fate that might save or ruin his family farm. Swank is in final negotiations for the role of his wife. Ed Harris is on board for a key role as the family patriarch,” Variety reports.
Inarritu is known for features including “Babel” and “Amores Perros.” He “created the series with his frequent collaborators Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. Those four will also exec produce,” the report notes.
The story says Inarritu will direct the show’s first two episodes “to set the visual style of the show.”
The report adds: “Inarritu’s first foray into U.S. TV sparked interest from several cablers, including HBO and AMC. Starz landed the project by putting up a straight-to-series commitment and by CEO Chris Albrecht’s enthusiasm for the concept.”
Swank won Academy Awards for lead actress for “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005.