SELA WARD JOINS NICK NOLTE TO STAR IN EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES GRAVES
Production Has Commenced in New Mexico
Series Created by Joshua Michael Stern and Produced by Lionsgate to Debut Fall 2016
New York, NY – October 14, 2015 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today that the Golden Globe® and two-time Emmy® award-winning actress Sela Ward has been cast to star with Nick Nolte in Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. Ward will play Margaret Graves, the wife of former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nolte), who decides to follow her own political ambitions just as her husband embarks on a Don Quixote-like journey to right the wrongs of his administration. Ms. Ward replaces Susan Sarandon who departed the series due to artistic differences. Production has commenced in New Mexico.
“Sela Ward is a gifted talent who has the presence and attitude to bring the character of Margaret and her story to life,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “I am delighted that she has joined Graves and I’m confident that the show’s sense of style, storytelling and wit will resonate with premium viewers across all platforms.”
“We are thrilled to have award-winning actress Sela Ward join the cast of Graves,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “Known for playing characters with strength, humor and grace, Sela will be a formidable political player and wife to Nick Nolte’s former President in one of EPIX’s first original series.”
Ward, a respected and well-recognized film and TV actor, recently completed filming Independence Day: Resurgence directed by Roland Emmerich. Her film credits include Gone Girl, The Stepfather, The Guardian, The Day After Tomorrow and The Fugitive. Ward won her first Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 for her portrayal of ‘Teddy Reed’ in the acclaimed television series “Sisters.” She won her second Emmy® in 2001 in the same category for playing ‘Lily Manning’ in “Once and Again” which also earned her a Golden Globe® Award for that role. Recent television credits include “CSI: New York” and “House M.D.”
Graves cast includes: Nick Nolte as Richard Graves; Sela Ward as Margaret Graves; Skylar Astin as Isaiah Miller; Heléne Yorke as Olivia Graves; Chris Lowell as Jeremy Graves; Callie Hernandez as Samantha; Ernie Hudson as Jacob Mann; Roger Bart as Lawrence and Angélica Maria as Ramona Alvarez.
Created and written by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote, Jobs), Graves is executive produced by Stern and Oscar®-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and produced by Bill Hill (“Veep,” “Eastbound & Down”). Production for the 10-episode series will take place in New Mexico. Graves will premiere on EPIX in Fall 2016. The half-hour political satire is produced by Lionsgate.
Ward is represented by The Gersh Agency.
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