The Crown and The Favourite star has been cast in the lead in HBO and Sky’s forthcoming crime series Landscapers.
The Oscar-winning actress is set to portray convicted killer Susan in the four-part limited series inspired by real events. The role of Christopher Edwards is yet to be cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama will question how the devoted and mild-mannered couple came to kill Susan’s parents in 1998 and bury them in the back garden of their home in Nottingham, England, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade before their convictions and jailing in 2014.
Alexander Payne will direct from a script by Ed Sinclair, whose TV screenplay is based on hours of interviews with the real-life figures who have always maintained their innocence, per HBO.
“I love Ed’s scripts, which is just as well as he cooks many of my meals. No, the truth is it’s quite rare to be desperate to play a part on the first reading of a script, but that was the case here,” Colman said in a statement.
Colman is currently one season into her gig as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s The Crown.