CBS All Access found its star for a new series from The Walking Dead. And now its primary competitor, Netflix, has done the same, picking up a star for a new series from the critical fave 2006 film Children of Men.
Clare-Hope Ashitey, who played a woman who was the first to get pregnant in almost a generation in the film, will star in Seven Seconds, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a new series from The Killing creator Veena Sud.
Tensions run high between African-American citizens and Caucasian police officers in Jersey City, where a teenage African-American boy is critically injured by a cop.
Ashitey will play K.J. Harper, an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey caught up in the tragic case.
A lot of Ashitey’s work since Children of Men has taken place on British television, most recently in Suspects and Doctor Foster. She appeared in I.T. with Pierce Brosnan earlier this year, which had a limited release and earned just above $100,000.
Ashitey also is set to appear in The White King, which has a January release date in the United Kingdom, that also stars Jonathan Pryce and Olivia Williams.
She’s also set to have a role in Fox’s upcoming Shots Fired, which seems to follow similar themes. That show will reverse the police violence, however, to have a black officer shooting a white teen, but in a North Carolina town, that creates growing racial tensions.
That series stars Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss, but Fox has yet to reveal when the show might premiere.
Seven Seconds will get a 10-episode first season, and also stars David Lyons, Beau Knapp and Regina King.
Netflix has not said when the series will debut on the subscription streaming service, but it could happen as early as 2017, or possibly in early 2018.
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