Hulu's upcoming Locke & Key pilot has found its leading lady in Frances O’Connor, from The Conjuring 2 and The Missing. The one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation created by author Joe Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment revolves around three siblings who move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina after the gruesome murder of their father - only to find that the house has magical keys that give the siblings an array of powers and abilities. They also have to deal with a demon though, who wants the keys and will stop at nothing to get them.
The new TV series is based on the original comic book series written by Joe Hill - son of horror writer Stephen King - and artist Gabriel Rodriguez published by IDW Publishing. The series ran from 2008 to 2013 and series consists of six story arcs titled ‘Welcome to Lovecraft’, ‘Head Games’, ‘Crown of Shadows’, ‘Keys to the Kingdom’, ‘Clockworks’ and ‘Alpha & Omega’, including a collection of six one-shots titled ‘The Golden Age’.
As reported by Deadline, David Ozer - one of the producers from IDW Entertainment - has confirmed that Australian actor Frances O'Connor will be playing the role of Nina in the series. Here is what he said:
“We are thrilled to have the multidimensional talents of Frances O’Connor to breath color and life into this pivotal character in our series, and along with a stellar production team in place, we have no doubt that we will be able to bring Joe Hill’s creative vision to the small screen.”
O'Connor is an accomplished performer who was nominated for two Golden Globe awards for her performances in 2000 for Madame Bovary and 2014 for playing the lead in The Missing. She also co-stared in last year's horror film The Conjuring 2 as Peggy Hodgson (alongside Vera Farmiga) and appeared in ABC's Once Upon a Time as Belle's mother Colette in the fourth season.
This casting news should be exciting for Locke & Key fans considering the uncertainly of the series' future during the past couple of years. The series was originally adapted for TV during the 2010-2011 development season with writer Josh Friedman, director Mark Romanek and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci along with DreamWorks TV for FOX, but it ended up never going to series. Locke & Key was then pick up again last year only to have original director Scott Derrickson leave the project and filmmaker Andy Muschietti (IT) replace him. With this new casting news though, it seems like Locke & Key is now on the right path.
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