Lena Headey to star in Showtime dramedy pilot Rita
Showtime has announced a pilot production order for the hour-long dramedy Rita, starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lena Headey (Game of Thrones).
In Rita, Headey, whose credits also include Fighting with My Family, The Flood, and the upcoming The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, will play the title character, a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority — as well as her family — in a messy and unfiltered way.
“Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her. It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role,” said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc.
Headey will executive produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Platform One Media, with creator and showrunner Christian Torpe (Silent Heart, Blackbird). Torpe is also writing the pilot based on his award-winning original Danish series. Elisa Ellis will executive produce for Platform One Media, which is headed by Katie O’Connell Mash.