It's rare that Cate Blanchett stars in a TV series, but she now has a new one on the way.
The two-time Academy Award winner is set to star in the upcoming six-part series "Stateless," Variety reports. The show follows four strangers who find themselves stuck in a remote Australian immigration detention center. Blanchett co-created the series with Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie.
Prior to "Stateless," Blanchett appeared in the Australian series "Rake," "Bordertown," and "Heartland." More of her roles have been in films, though. Her recent films include "Ocean's 8" and "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle," and she appears in the upcoming "Where'd You Go Bernadette."
"Stateless" will also star Yvonne Strahovski and Dominic West. The series intends to offer unique perspectives on issues of protection and border control. The four main characters are an Afghan refugee, a flight attendant fleeing a suburban cult, a young Australian father, and a bureaucrat who is at the center of a scandal. Other cast members include Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, and Rachel House.
"Stateless" has an all-female writing and directing team, with writers McCredie and Belinda Chayko and directors Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. McCredie serves as showrunner and executive producer as well. Fellow executive producers include Blanchett, husband Andrew Upton, Ayres, Liz Watts, Sally Riley, and Andrew Gregory. Sheila Jayadev and Paul Ranford are producing.
"Stateless" is set to begin production in South Australia in June and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal. It is being produced by Dirty Films, the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Screen Australia, and Matchbox Pictures. Meanwhile, funding comes from Screen Australia and the ABC as well as the South Australian Film Corp.