The 7-episode series has Winlset playing small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan, who begins to investigate a local murder as her life crumbles around her. As HBO describes it, “the series explores the dark side of a close community and provides an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present”.
Mare of Easttown comes from creator-writer Brad Ingelby, marking his first official television project following screenplays for features such as Out of the Furnace, Run All Night, and last year’s Ben Affleck drama The Way Back. All 7 eps are directed by Craig Zobel, whose credits include HBO series The Leftovers and Westworld, and features Compliance, Z for Zachariah and last year’s needlessly controversial The Hunt.
Looks like a meaty part for reliable Oscar winner Kate Winslet, in her first major TV role since HBO’s 2011 mini-series Mildred Pierce (which earned her a Golden Globe). Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a supporting cast that includes Guy Pearce, Jean Smart and Julianne Nicholson, among others. Looking forward to it!
Mare of Easttown will hit HBO in the US on April 18th and Binge in Australia on April 19th.
HBO’s extended synopsis and rundown for Mare of Easttown:
Starring Academy Award®, Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winner Kate Winslet (HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”), from creator and writer Brad Ingelsby (“The Way Back”), with all episodes directed by Craig Zobel (HBO’s “The Leftovers”), the seven-part limited series MARE OF EASTTOWN, debuts SUNDAY, APRIL 18 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. This limited series stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her. MARE OF EASTTOWN is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.
MARE OF EASTTOWN also stars Julianne Nicholson (HBO’s “The Outsider”) as Lori Ross, Mare’s best friend since childhood; three-time Emmy®-winner Jean Smart (Emmy®-nominated for HBO’s “Watchmen”) as Helen, Mare’s mother; Angourie Rice (“Black Mirror”) as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenaged daughter; Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”) as Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective called in to assist with Mare’s investigation; Guy Pearce (Emmy®-winner and Golden Globe®-nominee for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”) as Richard Ryan, a local creative writing professor; Cailee Spaeny (“Devs”) as Erin McMenamin, an isolated teen living with her volatile father; David Denman (“Outcast”) as Frank Sheehan, Mare’s ex-husband; John Douglas Thompson (HBO Max film “Let Them All Talk”) as Chief Carter, Mare’s boss at the Easttown Police Department; Patrick Murney (“Seven Seconds”) as Kenny McMenamin, Erin’s father; James McArdle (“Ammonite”) as Deacon Mark Burton; Sosie Bacon (HBO’s “Here and Now”) as Carrie Layden, Drew’s mother and Kevin’s ex-girlfriend; Joe Tippett (“Rise”) as John Ross, Lori’s husband and high school sweetheart; and Neal Huff (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Mare’s cousin, Father Dan Hastings.
MARE OF EASTTOWN is an HBO co-production with wiip; creator/writer/showrunner/executive producer, Brad Ingelsby; director/executive producer, Craig Zobel; executive producer, Paul Lee through wiip; executive producer, Mark Roybal through wiip; executive producer, Kate Winslet; executive producer, Gavin O’Connor; executive producer, Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures.