Sandra Oh has a killer new role lined up.
The former Grey’s Anatomy star will play the title role in the BBC America thriller Killing Eve, the network announced Tuesday. Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Eve centers on two fiercely intelligent women: a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle; and a bored, desk-bound security operative named Eve (Oh), who’s suddenly pulled into the field and charged with hunting Villanelle down.
Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will write the eight-episode series, which is set to debut next year, and serve as showrunner.
This is Oh’s first series-regular role since leaving Grey’s in 2014; she earned five Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe for playing Dr. Cristina Yang. She also recurred in the third and final season of ABC’s American Crime earlier this year.
“Sandra Oh has the ability to go from wrenching to funny to total mess with a genius lightness of touch,” BBC America president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “Phoebe’s vision is absolutely original, and Sandra is utterly perfect casting, we think, for this key role.”
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