Stana Katic’s ‘Absentia’ Picked Up By Amazon UK
Amazon UK has picked up the rights to ‘Castle’ star Stana Katic’s new show ‘Absentia‘, to air in 2018, the streaming service announced today.
The show stars Katic as FBI Agent Emily Byrne, who goes missing for while working on a case, leaving her 3-year-old son Flynn and loving husband Nick (Patrick Heusinger) behind. Emily is presumed dead, the victim of a serial killer, but reappears 6 years later with no recollection of what has happened.
After being away for so long, Emily discovers a lot has changed. Nick is remarried to Alice (Cara Theobold), and Flynn (Patrick McAuley) doesn’t recognise his mother. Her colleagues and family have mourned her loss and some find it difficult to reconcile the new Emily with the old.
When she first returns Emily finds herself being treated as a victim, but soon turns into the main suspect in a new series of murders, forcing her to go on the run to find evidence to prove her innocence.
Addition cast includes Neil Jackson (‘Sleepy Hollow’), Angel Bonanni (‘False Flag’), Richard Brake (‘Game of Thrones’), Ralph Ineson (‘Game of Thrones’), Paul Freeman (‘The Dogs of War’), and Bruno Bichir (‘Narcos’).
“Absentia is an exciting new thriller which combines family and love with suspense and vindication,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Prime members worldwide are going to love this well-written show with remarkable performances by a terrific ensemble cast led by Stana Katic in her newest lead role.”
‘Absentia’, produced by Masha Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television in association with Sony Pictures Television’s International Networks, garnered much fanfare when it opened this year’s Monte Carlo Television Festival and marks Katic’s first leading television role since ‘Castle’. The series was the number-one program in its timeslot when it debuted in Spain, Portugal, Romania and Poland on SPTN’s AXN channels.
‘Absentia‘ will premiere in 2018 on Amazon Prime Video UK, as in select markets globally, including US, Australia, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, and Turkey.