Ruth Wilson, the Golden Globe winner, will become the star and executive producer of a six-episode gothic thriller approved by Showtime and the BBC.
Daryl McCormick (Peaky Blinders, The Wheel of Time) will co-star alongside the alums of The Affair and Mrs Wilson.
The Woman in the Wall, a BAFTA Award nominee, will investigate the legacy of one of Ireland's most shocking scandals, the notorious Magdalene Laundries.
Wilson plays Lorna Brady, a small fictional town in Ireland who wakes one morning to discover a corpse in her house. Lorna has long suffered from severe sleepwalking difficulties that are believed to have developed around the time she was ripped from her life at the age of 15 and sent to the Kilkinure Convent, where she was kept for many years when women fell foul of social norms.
Lorna is being hunted by an extremely talented yet unrelenting Detective Colman Akande (McCormack) for a crime that appears to be unrelated to the discovery of a corpse in her house. Colman has a dark and sometimes scathing wit, but there is a quiet displeasure to him that even he does not understand. He conceals his own secrets from the public.
The Woman in the Wall is a startling account of a well-known and heartbreaking event in Ireland, which has ruined the lives of women for more than 200 years, according to Showtime Networks president Jana Winograde in a statement. We are thrilled to welcome Ruth Wilson back to Showtime with a powerful and moving series that is equally relevant to our culture today.
Lorna Brady is a complex and fascinating character, as stated by Wilson herself, and I'm thrilled to assist in her transformation. In The Woman in the Wall, Joe has created both an enthralling gothic thriller and a moving examination of the legacy of The Magdalene Laundries. It's a privilege to bring this story to cinemas.