Ashley Judd to Star in ABC Series ‘Missing’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:17 pm,

Ashley Judd, the star of such films as Heat and A Time to Kill has recently signed to star in the ABC thriller, Missing.

Judd will portray Becca Winstone, a woman traveling to Europe to uncover the mystery of her son’s disappearance while on a summer internship in Italy. Instead of bumbling her way through Europe, looking for clues, Judd’s character is actually a former CIA agent, ready to use her unique talents to bring her son home alive.

While the combination of plot elements seems ripped straight from the Liam Neeson blockbuster Taken, the show has yet to reveal whether Judd’s character is the kind of take-no-prisoners butt-kicker that Neeson was, or more of the dogged investigator Jack Lemmon played in the 1982 Costa-Gravas film of the same name. As there will be the expectation for both action and intrigue in the series, it is likely that Judd’s portrayal will become an amalgam of the two: a mother who is both punchy and tactful, depending on needs of the situation.

Missing, from screenwriter Greg Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), was intended to be a 10-episode summer program, but the addition of Judd is such an important one the show has now transformed into a full-fledged series. Production has shifted into high gear so that the program can be ready for a complete season order, and it will likely debut sometime this fall.

Not only does the addition of Judd elevate the show from a potentially interesting summer program to must-watch series, it grants the show a talented actress capable of handling the emotional ranges she may be asked to portray. Judd has a knack for playing women capable of immense composure in tough situations – just watch her goodbye to Val Kilmer in Heat and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Liam Neeson in Taken Ashley Judd to Star in ABC Series ‘Missing’

Is ‘Missing’ just ‘Taken’ without Liam Neeson?

Does this mean we will be seeing Judd joining the ranks of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and, more recently, Angelina Jolie in Salt, as a strong woman kicking-butt and taking names in a typically male-dominated genre? At this point it’s purely speculative that Missing will have an action aspect, but the combination of CIA-trained mother and the guy who brought us National Treasure seems to suggest that the audience will be treated to more than a couple high-octane sequences. I, for one, could certainly stand to see Ms. Judd engage in some international fisticuffs on a weekly basis.

Steve Shill, a recent Emmy winner for his work on the Showtime series Dexter, will direct the pilot and several of the series’ episodes, as well as executive produce the program alongside Poirier with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Look for Missing to debut sometime this fall on ABC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. So, I really like the picture in this article, that’s probably the only reason I will watch the show.

  2. Ashley Judd was not in “A Time To Kill.”

    • Ashley Judd was in “A Time to Kill”. You are obviously misinformed and didn’t watch the movie.

    • Ashley Judd was in this movie, not a very big role. But she did play Matthew McConahay’s (sp.?) wife. Sandra Bullock was the main female character in the movie, but yes Ashley Judd was in fact in this movie.

  3. My family and I watched ‘MISSING’ starring Ashley Judd and We loved it. We have gathered again to watch it tonight again. thanks!


  4. I have watched ALL of the episodes! Love it!

    • We love Missing, just keep it coming, thankyou

  5. Really? We finally have a great show and you are going to cancel Missing? Regular TV is going away because they don’t keep good shows and run the bad ones. Body of Proof is a great show. Missing is a wonderful show. Both full of excitement and great acting. What’s the deal? Cable channels here we go….. PLEASE DONT CANCEL!!!

  6. I love this show I’ve been telling everyone I can. I can’t. Wait each week to see each episode. Please keep this show on!!!!!!

  7. I love this show. It is one of the best new shows this year.

  8. It was definitely must see tv. Wish there were more shows like this. Too expensive for abc and a horrible time slot for his type of show. Ending was quite the cliff hanger

  9. The BEST show of the season and it is cancelled!!!!! What can we do to keep this show on or somehow get another network to pick it up?

  10. Just found out that this show will not be airing again for a Season 2. That’s terrible news. We really looked forward to watching it every week.

  11. Bring Missing back

  12. This was my favorite show every week.

  13. Well I guess after I see the next CD from Netflix I won’t have to wait till next season to see the next season since there won’t be one. Nice to see her better half take Indy this year.

  14. OMG I literally just read that Missing will not have a second season are you serious!!!!!!!!!! This is the best TV show I’ve ever been into I mean it’s up there with Dallas OMG this has just broke my heart :-( Ashley Please do something to make it come back on everyone at work, my family, friends everyone watches this show and I was getting stoked just thinking that it was getting closer to the time for second season. so so so sad

  15. I think we all need to call ABC and ask them not to cancel Missing. Ashley and them made that a great show. I really wish we knew why they are canceling it, maybe then we could help them fix it so it wasn’t.

  16. HI
    Missing , Wow great TV series , sorry to see they took it off
    Ashley Judd the best actress for the part
    I think Missing should make another come back, on the movie screen have her find her son and from there they team up together and help others find missing children on a new continuation on TV series Missing
    There are so many children true missing stories that they would not run out of material to go on ie the sex slave trade , kids that are mentally ill and get lost in drugs missing on the street , custody missing children and on and on
    Lee , Vancouver , B.C.

  17. I so love Ashley Judd all my life !!! Everything she play in I watch it!! She is the number one actress in show biz so far!! You are the best !! Liam Neeson I live him too!! He is perfection!! I love him in eveything he plays in too!!

  18. Please don’t even consider cancelling MISSING. It was a must-see and everyone I knew watched it. Can’t be because of low ratings. Quality cast, location, script … what possibly could have been missing? Pun intended!

  19. I like the movie. its good n we r looking 4ward 4 the next season.

  20. When is MISSING 6