Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In The UK Original Drama Series A Gentleman In Moscow
The actress will star alongside Ewan McGregor in the show. The series, based on Amor Towles’ Best-Selling novel, will debut exclusively in Paramount+ markets around the world and on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. Are you ready to meet A Gentleman In Moscow?
Paramount+ today announced that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Ahsoka”, “Kate”, “Birds of Prey”) will join the upcoming U.K. original drama series A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, starring alongside Ewan McGregor. An adaptation of Amor Towles’ internationally best-selling novel, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW has commenced filming this week. The limited-run series is produced by eOne in association with Paramount and will debut exclusively in Paramount+ markets around the world, and on SHOWTIME® in the U.S.
Winstead will star as Anna Urbanova, a glamorous, independent, and self-made film actress, at the height of her fame. She uses her wit and beauty to dazzle Count Alexander Rostov, played by Emmy Award-winning actor Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars” franchise, “Halston”, “Trainspotting”). She’s an enigmatic character, who keeps her cards very close to her chest. Reluctant to reveal her true self, Anna plays a role off-screen as well as on. The Count and Anna’s sizzling chemistry is clear from the moment they meet in the Metropol Hotel where he has been banished by a Soviet trial, but will this be true love or just the latest in a long line of roles Anna is playing?
Winstead will next be seen in a starring role in “Ahsoka”, the next installment in the Star Wars/Disney+ universe. She recently wrapped filming on Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s independent feature “Rich Flu”, which was produced by Pablo Larraín’s Fabula. Winstead played the title character in Netflix’s No. 1 worldwide hit action-thriller “Kate” opposite Woody Harrelson, and starred alongside Margot Robbie in the Warner Bros/DC feature “Birds of Prey”, directed by Cathy Yan. Winstead earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead for James Ponsoldt’s critically acclaimed “Smashed”.
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW follows Count Alexander Rostov (McGregor) who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family, and love.
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is produced by eOne in association with Paramount. The series is written by showrunner and executive producer Ben Vanstone (“All Creatures Great and Small”, “The Last Kingdom”). It is the first production to come through eOne’s first look deal with Tom Harper’s company Popcorn Storm Pictures. Harper (“War and Peace”, “Peaky Blinders”) will also executive produce alongside Ewan McGregor, Xavier Marchand (“Nautilus”, “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”), and the novel’s writer, New York Times best-selling author Amor Towles. BAFTA® award-winning director and Emmy nominee Sam Miller (“Surface”, “I May Destroy You”, “Luther”) serves as director and executive producer.
Since its release, the novel has sold over 4 million copies worldwide and counts Barack Obama, Tom Hanks, and Ann Patchett among its high-profile fans.
PARAMOUNT PLUS ORIGINALS
The series, which is part of Paramount+’s strategy to commission 150 international originals by 2025, will debut in the UK and other international territories where the streaming service is available. A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW joins the expanding slate of UK originals for Paramount+, which includes THE KILLING KIND, THE EX-WIFE, THE FLATSHARE, SEXY BEAST, NO ESCAPE, and THE BURNING GIRLS.
Winstead is represented by WME, Entertainment 360, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.
A Gentleman In Moscow is currently in production and will premiere on Paramount Plus around the world and on Showtime in the U.S. sometime in the future.
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