Starz today announced it has cast Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Twister, Mad About You) in Blindspotting, the series inspired by the provocative and critically-acclaimed Lionsgate film.
“It is such an honor to have Helen Hunt in this series,” Casal said. “We became friends after she tweeted about her love of the film and we have long looked for a project to do together. She has been our first choice for the character Rainey since we dreamed this show up.”
Blindspotting centers on Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones, #FreeRayshawn, Hamilton), who is nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until her partner Miles (Rafael Casal) is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey, played by Helen Hunt.
Rainey is a woman who has strong opinions and holds family above all else. Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward (Shameless), Jaylen Barron (Free Rein) and Candace Nicholas-Lippman (Good Trouble) also star.
Helen Hunt is an award-winning actor and an accomplished writer, director and producer whose career includes extensive and diverse acting roles in film, theater and television. She was most recently seen in the revival of Mad About You, which returned as a limited series last year.
Last year, Helen Hunt was seen in the World War II drama Worlds on Fire that tells the story of the first year of the war as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. On the big screen, Hunt was recently seen in the thriller I See You, as well the drama The Night Clerk.
In 2012, Hunt’s performance in The Sessions earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and nominations in the same category by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards and the BAFTA Awards.
Her other film credits include Candy Jar, Ride (which Hunt also co-wrote, produced, and directed), Decoding Annie Parker, Soul Surfer, Every Day, Bobby, Then She Found Me (which Hunt again also co-wrote, produced, and directed), As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Cast Away, A Good Woman, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Dr. T and the Women, Pay It Forward and Twister.
Her additional television credits include Mad About You and the critically-acclaimed miniseries Empire Falls.
For her role as Jamie Buchman in Mad About You, Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also named Best Actress for her role in the film As Good As It Gets, for which Hunt won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar.
The half-hour dramedy Blindspotting is written and executive produced by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, who also starred in the film in addition to writing and producing it. Casal also serves as the series showrunner in addition to having a recurring role.
Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (One Night in Miami, Anomalisa) join Casal and Diggs as executive producers on the series with Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee, and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair is the executive overseeing Blindspotting on behalf of Starz. Maggie Leung is the executive overseeing the series on behalf of Lionsgate.