A “Mad Men” reunion of sorts is in the works at Amazon.
Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will reunite with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner as cast members of Weiner’s upcoming Amazon anthology series “The Romanoffs,” Variety has learned. In addition to Hendricks and Slattery, the series has also cast Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert, “Boardwalk Empire” alum Jack Huston, “Togetherness” alum Amanda Peet, and Golden Globe nominee Marthe Keller.
The new series will consist of eight hourlong episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.
The castings of Slattery and Hendricks come just over 10 years after the series premiere of “Mad Men,” which launched on AMC on July 19, 2007. The series would go on to garner 116 Emmy nominations throughout its run, winning 16. Slattery was nominated four times in the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series category, while Hendricks was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series six times.
Hendricks is repped by ICM, LINK Management, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman. Slattery is repped by Gersh. Huppert is repped by Voyez Mon Agent (VMA). Huston is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Peet is repped by Gersh and Management 360. Keller is repped by Agence Adequat.
“The Romanoffs” will be directed entirely by Weiner, who also serves as an executive producer and writer. Semi Chellas, Harvey Weinstein, and David Glasser will also executive produce. The Weinstein Company will produce in association with Amazon Studios. The series will debut on Prime Video next year.
Amazon has taken U.S. rights to revenge thriller Tin Star, written and created by Rowan Joffe and starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks.
The 10×60 series, which is produced by Kudos for Sky Atlantic, is a tale of the corruption of innocence and of murder, grief and all-consuming revenge. It tells the story of Jim Worth, a former British detective now small town police chief who brings his family to the tiny and tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life. Genevieve O’Reilly, Abigail Lawrie, Oliver Coopersmith, Christopher Heyerdahl, Stephen Walters, Ian Puleston-Davies, Roark Critchlow, Sarah Podemski, Ryan Kennedy and Kevin Hanchard all have roles in the series.
Joffe, whose screenwriting credits include 28 Weeks Later and The American, writes and directs. It was commissioned for Sky by Head of Drama Anne Mensah, Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach and Director of Sky Atlantic Zai Bennett. Tin Star is exec produced by Alison Jackson (Hunted) and Kudos CEO Diederick Santer (Grantchester) and produced by Jonathan Curling (The Secret) for Kudos.
Endemol Shine International and Sky Vision jointly handle international distribution. The series will debut on Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime Video in the UK and U.S. respectively later this year.
Former Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless is set to produce.
Christina Hendricks, Alysia Reiner and Anna Camp are set to star in the dark comedy Egg.
Hendricks and Reiner will play old art-school rivals that both happen to be expecting children at the same time, but one is carrying hers while the other is using a surrogate, played by Camp.
The movie comes from best-selling author Risa Mickenberg (Taxi Driver Wisdom) and will be directed by filmmaker Marianna Palka, who recently starred on Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW. David Alan Basche and Gbenga Akinnagbe also star.
Reiner and Basche are producing, along with former Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless.
Hendricks was last seen in the comedies Fist Fight and Bad Santa 2, and is set to topline NBC’s buzzy midseason drama Good Girls.
Reiner is best known for her role on Orange Is the New Black and also appears on FX’s Better Things. Camp will soon be seen in the third installment in the Pitch Perfect franchise.
Palka made her directorial debut with the Sundance feature Good Dick, which she wrote and starred in with Jason Ritter.
Production on Egg is set to begin at the end of the summer in New York.