Starz Casts Academy Award® Winner Helen Hunt In Original Series BLINDSPOTTING From EP’s Rafael Casal And Daveed Diggs
Starz today announced it has cast Oscar® and Emmy® winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, “Mad About You,” The Sessions) in “Blindspotting” – the series inspired by the provocative and critically-acclaimed Lionsgate film Blindspotting from Rafael Casal (Bad Education, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”) and Daveed Diggs (“Snowpiercer,” “Hamilton an American Musical,” “Black-ish”). The series is produced by Lionsgate Television.
“Blindspotting” will be available on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, also airing day and date on the Starzplay International streaming service across Europe, Latin America and Japan.
“It is such an honor to have Helen Hunt in this series,” Casal said. “We became friends after she tweeted about her love of the film and we have long looked for a project to do together. She has been our first choice for the character Rainey since we dreamed this show up.”
“Blindspotting” centers on Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones, “#FreeRayshawn,” “Hamilton an American Musical”) who is nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until her partner Miles (Rafael Casal) is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey, played by Hunt. Rainey is a woman who has strong opinions and holds family above all else.
Hunt’s distinguished career as an award-winning actor and an accomplished writer, director and producer includes extensive and diverse acting roles in film, theatre and television. She was most recently seen in the revival of “Mad About You,” which returned as a limited series last year. Last year, Hunt was seen in the World War II drama “Worlds on Fire” that tells the story of the first year of the war as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. On the big screen, Hunt was recently seen in the thriller I See You, as well the drama The Night Clerk.
In 2012, Hunt’s performance in The Sessions earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and nominations in the same category by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe® Awards, Screen Actors Guild® Awards, Broadcast Film Critics’® Awards and the BAFTA® Awards. Other film credits include Candy Jar, Ride (which Hunt also co-wrote, produced, and directed), Decoding Annie Parker, Soul Surfer, Every Day, Bobby, Then She Found Me (which Hunt again also co-wrote, produced, and directed), As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Castaway, A Good Woman, The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion, Dr. T And The Women, Pay It Forward and Twister.
Additional television credits include “Mad About You” and the critically acclaimed miniseries “Empire Falls.” For her role as Jamie Buchman in “Mad About You,” Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also named “Best Actress” for her role in the film As Good As It Gets for which Hunt won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar.
The half-hour dramedy “Blindspotting” is written and executive produced by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, who also starred in the film in addition to writing and producing it. Casal also serves as the series showrunner in addition to having a recurring role.
Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (One Night In Miami, Anomalisa) join Casal and Diggs as executive producers on the series with Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee, and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair is the executive overseeing “Blindspotting” on behalf of Starz. Maggie Leung is the executive overseeing the series on behalf of Lionsgate.
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