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Lena Headey to Star in Showtime 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). Headey will executive produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Platform One Media, with creator/showrunner Christian Torpe, who is writing the pilot based on his award-winning original Danish series.

The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

In Rita, Headey 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,” Winograde said. “It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role.”

Headey is best known for her ongoing portrayal of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, receiving multiple Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe nomination. Most recently, Headey can be seen in Stephen Merchant’s film Fighting with My Family. Additional film credits include The Flood, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Purge and 300: Rise of An Empire. In addition, Headey previously played the title role in the television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, taking over the part made famous by Linda Hamilton. Her television credits also include The Gathering Storm, Band of Gold and the BAFTA-nominated The Long Firm.

Rita is executive produced by Christian Torpe and Lena Headey, and Elisa Ellis for Platform One Media, which is headed by Katie O’Connell Marsh.

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