A LIONSGATE+ announced seven actors joining Katherine Langford in the platform’s upcoming original drama series, The Venery of Samantha Bird. The production will be shown by LIONSGATE+ in the United Kingdom and Latin America, including Brazil, and by STARZ in the United States and Canada.
Additionally, Larysa Kondracki (Power, “Better Call Saul”) has been tapped to executive produce and will serve as director on four episodes, including the pilot. Nicole Jefferson Asher (P-Valley, “The First Lady”) will serve as co-executive producer.
Finn Jones (“Iron Fist,” “Swimming with Sharks”) will play Jake Minot, the fearless, handsome and charismatic childhood ex-boyfriend of Samantha Bird. It’s been many years since they last saw each other, but when they meet again during Sam’s trip to New England, it’s like no time has passed.
Francesca Reale (“Stranger Things”) will play Ellie Bird, Samantha’s confident, smart and outspoken younger sister. Articulate and well-mannered, Ellie is close with her sister and they seem comfortable talking about anything and everything… But all the while Ellie keeps a watchful and protective eye on Sam.
Embeth Davidtz (“The Morning Show”) will play Carol Minot, Jake’s mother and an old friend of the Birds.
Brenda Strong (“Unprisoned,” “13 Reasons Why”) will play Nan Bird, Sam’s mother.
Adam Faison (“Hellraiser,” “Everything’s Gonna Be OK”) will play Nigel, a local New Hampshire podcaster and close friend of Ellie Bird.
Shalini Bathina (“Little Voice,” “Long Slow Exhale”) will play Dr. Priyanka Yale. Reserved and sophisticated, she is Jake’s therapist, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyrone Marshall Brown (“Love Is,” Power) plays Gideon Yalen, Priyanka’s husband who has concerns about Jake, and his wife who accepts him as a patient.
Katherine Langford (“Knives Out,” “13 Reasons Why”) will star in the eight-episode drama in the title role of Samantha.
In the story, Samantha Bird reconnects with her childhood sweetheart and becomes embroiled in a seemingly perfect fairytale romance while visiting family in New England. But not everything is flowers behind this intense reunion. The Venery of Samantha Bird is a haunting portrait of addictive love and the repercussions a relationship has on small-town New England families.
In addition to Kondracki and Asher, Salvatore Stabile (“Waco”) is executive producer; Jessica Rhoades (“Station Eleven,” “Sharp Objects”) is an executive producer through her Pacesetter Productions project; Rachel Polan serves as co-executive producer; Lisa Vinnecour is co-executive producer and Jessica Yu (“Fosse/Verdon,” “Billions”) is consulting producer. The series was created by Anna Moriarty, who also serves as an executive producer.