Maisie Williams To Star In Sky One Original Comedy ‘Two Weeks To Live’
Now that ‘Game Of Thrones’ is over, we’re starting to see what projects the various stars are joining next. Maisie Williams is switching things up from playing the badass Arya for a comedy role as she leads the cast of Sky One’s new original series ‘Two Weeks To Live’ (working title).
‘Two Weeks To Live’ is a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong. The series revolves around Kim Noakes (Williams), a strange young misfit who was just a little girl when her father died in murky circumstances. Following his death, her mother whisked her away to a remote rural life of seclusion and bizarre survival techniques.
Now all grown up, Kim sets out into the real world for the first time to begin a secret mission of honouring her father’s memory. Meanwhile, socially awkward Nicky isn’t good at impressing girls, and when Kim walks into his and brother Dave’s local pub, it sets in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger. Who would have thought a few drinks and an ill-judged prank could go so violently wrong?
The unlikely trio soon find themselves on the run from a murderous gangster and the police with a massive bag of stolen cash. But Kim is no ordinary fish out of water – she’s more like a great white shark who knows how to strip a Smith & Weston SDVE pistol in 6 seconds flat, skin a deer to make a sleeping bag, and perform all the routines from Dirty Dancing. With her in their team, they might all just survive…
“Looking forward to getting into something new,” commented Williams. “I think Two Weeks To Live has really great potential and I want to make something incredible with this wonderful team!”
The six-part comedy is written by Gaby Hull (‘Cheat’, ‘Benidorm’) and will be produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK.
“Working on this project has been a blast from day one,” adds Phil Temple, Executive Producer for Kudos. “Gaby’s scripts are fresh, full of surprises and very, very funny. In Kim he has created a truly iconic character and it is a dream for us to have the unique and awesome Maisie Williams bringing her to life. Working with Gaby, Maisie and Sky is a privilege and everyone at Kudos can’t wait to get going!”
The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director Content, Sky and Jon Mountague. Josh Cole is the Commissioning Editor, Sky, and the series will be executive produced by Phil Temple from Kudos and will begin filming later this year. It will be distributed by Endemol Shine International and will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland next year.
‘Two Weeks to Live’ (W/T) will be Maisie William’s sixth television project with credits including ‘Game of Thrones’ (for which she was nominated for an Emmy), ‘Doctor Who’ and BAFTA nominated ‘CyberBully’. Maisie has also starred in a number movies including critically acclaimed ‘The Falling’ (which earned her a European Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival and the Evening Standard Rising Star Award) ‘iBoy’, ‘Early Man’ and forthcoming releases include ‘X Men: New Mutants’ & ‘The Owners’.
The comedy is the latest in a string of recent commissions as Sky continues to invest in original productions. Forthcoming Sky originals include ‘Catherine The Great’ starring Helen Mirren; ‘Code 404’ with Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays; ‘Brassic’ with Michelle Keegan; ‘Intelligence’ fronted by David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed; ‘Hit Men’, Mel and Sue’s first scripted comedy series, ‘Breeders’ with Martin Freeman and series 2 of In ‘The Long Run’ with Idris Elba.
No news on when ‘Two Weeks To Live’ will premiere, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
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