Maggie Gyllenhaal, best known for her roles in The Dark Knight and Secretary, is to play the titular role in Hugo Blick’s seven-part drama series The Honourable Woman.
The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop, written and directed by BAFTA-winning Hugo Blick best known for The Shadow Line. With his distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, Blick brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics.
Nessa Stein’s father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment as a life peer, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.
Following the murder of a Palestinian business man, Samir Meshal, after he had just been awarded the latest cabling contract, Nessa and her brother Ephra find themselves placed under the scrutiny of both Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. It’s then that Nessa is forced to confront not only the true nature of her business empire but of her brother and, ultimately, of herself.
Set against the gripping international backdrop or paranoia and espionage, The Honourable Woman follows one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in her past. From the corridors of governmental power, to Whitehall and MI6; Washington and the CIA, to Israel and Palestinian Territories – the visual backdrop of Blick’s gripping drama is as stunning and refined as the story that drives it.
Maggie Gyllenhaal says, “I couldn’t put the scripts down. Nessa is such an exciting and intricate character. I can’t wait to begin filming.”
Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama for the BBC says, “Maggie Gyllenhaal will be a perfect Nessa Stein, and I am delighted that she has agreed to play her. Hugo Blick has created a complex character in Nessa, with an extraordinary story and the combination of Hugo’s stunning scripts and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role is an exciting and powerful combination.
The Honourable Woman is set in the UK, the Middle East and America, and will film on location from mid-July 2013, and will be broadcast on BBC Two in the UK and the Sundance Channel in the US in 2014.