Jennifer Saunders is known and loved for being a comedy queen. From her iconic role in French and Saunders to classic Absolutely Fabulous, it’s safe to say she knows exactly how to have us all in stitches.
However, it looks like the British star is getting serious as she has just landed what Netflix have described as her ‘biggest-ever’ dramatic role.
Saunders has teamed up with the streaming giant to star in their upcoming eight-part thriller series, The Stranger. The new show is based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name and has cast Richard Armitage as protagonist Adam Price, a family man whose life is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious woman in a diner and is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy.
Studiocanal’s Red Production Company is set to produce the series, which will be the third Cohen novel to be adapted into a Netflix original following The Five and last year’s Safe, starring Michael C. Hall.
It has been confirmed that Hannah John-Kamen (who plays the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp) will play the mysterious stranger who ruins Adam’s life as he knows it, while Happy Valley and Downton Abbey‘s Siobhan Finneran has been cast as lead character DS Johanna Griffin. Saunders will play Johanna’s best friend, Heidi, a bubbly adventure-seeker looking for some excitement now that her daughter has gone off to university.
‘I’m delighted to be playing Heidi in this new Harlan Coben drama,’ Saunders said of her new role. ‘There is a great cast and production team with strong credentials lined up and we are all looking forward to starting filming in Manchester.’
Other cast members include Shaun Dooley from Broadchurch, Paul Kaye from Game of Thrones, Dervla Kirwan from Strike Back, and Black Mirror‘s Kadiff Kirwan.
The show will be Executive Produced by Coben and Danny Brocklehurst, and Richard Fee and will air on Netflix worldwide, though no date has been confirmed for its release as of yet.