Anne Hathaway’s next role? The Ambassador’s Wife on TV.
The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star and produce a limited series adaptation of journalist Jennifer Steil’s novel of the same name, Hathaway’s publicist confirms to EW. Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) is producing the project, which is not yet attached to a network.
“The Ambassador’s Wife is an incredible story that pulls you in immediately and resonates with all of us based on the images and news headlines that are pervasive in our lives today,” Gordon said in a statement, per The Wrap. “We are so fortunate to have Anne starring in this timely, gripping, and compassionate drama. She is in a league all her own and we cannot think of anyone who can better portray Steil’s complex heroine.”
The Ambassador’s Wife, released last month, is a novel inspired by Steil’s marriage to the former U.K. ambassador to Yemen, Timothy Torlot. In 2010, Torlot was the target of a suicide bomber. After the attack, Steil and the couple’s daughter were taken to Jordan for protection until Torlot’s term ended.
In the novel, Miranda (the titular Wife) lives a comfortable, albeit confined life. She’s constantly surrounded by security — until she’s kidnapped. The book traces the lengths both Miranda and her husband must face and encounter in order to reunite.
The Wrap first reported Hathaway’s addition.