MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD TO STAR IN U.K. ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES “A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW” ALONGSIDE EWAN MCGREGOR
The series, based on Amor Towles’ Best-Selling novel, will debut exclusively on Paramount+ internationally and on SHOWTIME® in the U.S
LONDON – February 17, 2023 – Paramount+ today announced the casting of Mary Elizabeth Winstead for its 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 is due to commence filming later this month. The limited run series is produced by eOne in association with Paramount, and will debut exclusively on Paramount+ internationally, and on SHOWTIME®, in the U.S.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Ahsoka”, “Kate”, “Birds of Prey”) is cast 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?
Mary Elizabeth 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 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”). BAFTA award winning director, and Emmy nominee Sam Miller (“Surface”, “I May Destroy You”, “Luther”) serves as director and executive producer. 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.
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.
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.
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