Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is set for a co-starring role in TNT’s hourlong mystery drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark, produced by John Wells.
Written by Megan Martin and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, The Deep Mad Dark centers on Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis who embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma. Her once-closest friend — the irreverent, brilliant Tash Hollander — comes home after living many years in a strange, off-the-grid community in Belize headed by Lydia Prince-Richard (Weaver). Upon her return, Tash insinuates herself into Polly’s life in audacious ways that threaten everything Polly has achieved. Set against the landscape of modern Detroit, The Deep Mad Dark explores the power certain friendships have to shape who we are, in ways both beautiful and dangerous.
Weaver’s Lydia Prince-Richard is a hobbyist self-help writer, lover of floral shirts and self-described “collector of lost people.” She left a conventional life in the United States and reinvented herself as a surrogate mother to “those who come her way” on an idyllic beach in Belize that she calls her Kingdom.