SUSAN SARANDON JOINS NICK NOLTE TO STAR IN EPIX ORIGINAL SERIES GRAVES
Series Created by Joshua Michael Stern and Produced by Lionsgate to Debut Autumn 2016
New York, NY — July 8, 2015 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today that Oscar®-winning actress Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), has been cast to star with Nick Nolte in Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. Sarandon 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.
Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) created the project and will write and executive produce the 10-episode series. Stern will also direct select episodes. Oscar®-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker), Keith Eisner (The Good Wife) and Eric Weinberg (Anger Management) are also executive producers. Production on the series is scheduled to begin this fall and premiere on EPIX in Autumn 2016.
“We are overjoyed to have Susan join the cast of Graves,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “Susan is a phenomenal actor whose comedic talents will bring a depth and richness of character to the role.”
“Our greatest wish has always been to have Susan Sarandon star with Nick Nolte in Graves,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “To have two such brilliant and accomplished actors headline one of the first original series for EPIX is a dream come true.”
Sarandon, a five-time Oscar® nominee, earned her first Academy Award® nomination for Atlantic City (1980) starring opposite screen legend Burt Lancaster. Her portrayal of the tough, protective and somewhat broken Louise in Thelma and Louise (1991) earned her another Oscar® nomination. She was also nominated for Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) and The Client (1994). She played a nun in the gritty and powerful capital punishment drama Dead Man Walking (1995) and won an Academy Award® for her performance.
Sarandon is represented by UTA.
Graves marks the second project in which Nolte and Sarandon play a married couple. In 1992 they starred in Lorenzo’s Oil, a true-life drama of a father and mother who battle against the odds to find a cure to save their son afflicted with a rare disease.
Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte’s notable screen credits include 48 Hours (1982), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), The Prince of Tides (1991) for which he received his first Oscar® nomination and the Golden Globe® for Best Actor. His performance as a troubled small town cop in Affliction (1997) garnered him a second Oscar® nomination. Other performances include The Golden Bowl (2000), The Good Thief (2002), Hotel Rwanda (2004) and Off the Black (2006).
Nolte is represented by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
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