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Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver Are on Board Fox’s New Version of Broadchurch

NEW SERIESBROADCHURCH FOR ITVEPISODE 2Broadchurch is a new eight part drama series by Kudos Film and Television for ITV. The star-studded cast includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Vicky McClure, Pauline Quirke, Will Mellor, Arthur Darvill and Carolyn Pickles.This brand new eight part series is written and created by Chris Chibnall (Law and Order: UK, Doctor Who) and will explore what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation, following the tragic and mysterious death of an eleven year old boy under the glare of the media spotlight.Bloodied and dirty, Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) has been found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face from where he may have fallen. Whilst his death remains unresolved, the picturesque seaside town of Broadchurch is at the heart of a major police investigation and a national media frenzy.Pictured : DAVID TENNANT as Alec Hardy and  OLIVIA COLMAN as Ellie Miller.Copyright: ITVThis photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk.

If you were worried about Fox's plans to remake Broadchurch, this should help ease your fears: Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver have joined the cast of the limited series. The project, which, like the original, stars David Tennant, also now officially has a new name, one which refers to the seaside town in which the show is set: Gracepoint. Gunn will play Detective Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman in the original), described by Fox as "a happily married wife and mother who is looking forward to a promised promotion" on the police force; the job instead goes to Tennant's outsider character (renamed Detective Emmett Carver). "Ellie is disgruntled," Fox's character description reads. "But her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy, and she must work her very first murder case with her prickly new partner."

As for Weaver, she'll play Susan Wright, a character played by Pauline Quirke in the original. Weaver's Wright will be different than the one in Broadchurch: Per Fox, the character is now "a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town," who lives in an RV park, "works various cleaning and odd jobs," and "has a dark history kept fiercely hidden." As previously reported, Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, both vets of HBO's In Treatment, are showrunners on Gracepoint. The show will begin filming in January and will air on Fox sometime next season. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is writing the pilot for Gracepoint and is an exec producer for the series.

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