Hulu (via The Hollywood Reporter) has begun locking in the Locke & Key series cast with the addition of Australian actress Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Conjuring 2) as the female lead in the pilot. O’Connor will portray family matriarch Nina Locke, who moves her three children to Maine after her husband is brutally murdered.
Locke & Key tells the story of the Locke family and their journey into Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!
Carlton Cuse (The Strain, LOST) set to executive produce and showrun the series, based on the IDW Entertainment comic series written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. IT and Mama director Andy Muschietti will direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Cuse. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will also serve as executive producers along with Hill.
“We are thrilled to have the multidimensional talents of France O’Connor to breathe color and life into this pivotal character in our series, and along with a stellar production team in place, we have no doubt that we will be able to bring Joe Hill’s creative vision to the small screen,” Ozer said.
Locke & Key has had a long history of making it to another medium with Dimension Films purchasing the rights in 2008. Following that, a television series was in development at FOX in 2010 (which was even given a series order, but never went forward after the pilot was produced), and finally a failed film adaptation with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in 2014 with Universal Pictures.
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