STARZ ADDS SEVEN TO CAST OF DRAMA SERIES "THE VENERY OF SAMANTHA BIRD"
FINN JONES, FRANCESCA REALE, EMBETH DAVIDTZ, BRENDA STRONG, ADAM FAISON, TYRONE MARSHALL BROWN, SHALINI BATHINA JOIN AS SERIES REGULARS FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER STARRING KATHERINE LANGFORD
Santa Monica, Calif. - January 23, 2023 - STARZ has announced seven series regulars joining Katherine Langford in its upcoming drama series "The Venery of Samantha Bird." Additionally, Larysa Kondracki ("Power," "Better Call Saul") has been added as executive producer and will serve as director on four episodes, including the pilot, and Nicole Jefferson Asher ("P-Valley," "The First Lady") has joined as co-executive producer.
Finn Jones ("Iron Fist," "Swimming with Sharks") will play Jake Minot, the fearless, ruggedly handsome and quietly charismatic former childhood sweetheart of Samantha Bird. It's been many years since they've seen each other, but when they meet again during Sam's trip to New England, they pick up, it's like no time has passed.
Francesca Reale ("Stranger Things") will play Ellie Bird, Samantha's confident, intelligent and pleasantly outspoken youngest sister. Articulate and well-educated, Ellie has a close relationship with her sister and they seem comfortable talking about anything and everything... but all the while Ellie is quietly keeping a watchful and protective eye on Sam.
Embeth Davidtz ("The Morning Show") will play Carol Minot, Jake's mother and an old family 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") plays Nigel, a local New Hampshire-based podcaster, and close friend of Ellie Bird.
Shalini Bathina ("Little Voice," "Long Slow Exhale") plays Dr. Priyanka Yalen. Reserved and sophisticated, she's Jake's therapist, much to the chagrin of her husband.
Tyrone Marshall Brown ("Love Is," "Power") plays Gideon Yalen, Priyanka's husband who has concerns about Jake, and his wife taking him on as a patient.
It was previously announced that, Katherine Langford ("Knives Out," "13 Reasons Why,") will lead the eight-episode drama in the title role of Samantha.
Visiting family in New England, Samantha Bird reconnects with her childhood sweetheart and falls headlong into a seemingly perfect storybook romance. But underneath their fever dream lurks a more unsettling interpretation of this affair. "The Venery of Samantha Bird" is a haunting portrayal of addictive love and the repercussions that a relationship has on the families in a small New England town.
In addition to Kondracki and Asher, Salvatore Stabile ("Waco") is executive producer, Jessica Rhoades ("Station Eleven," "Sharp Objects") executive produces through her Pacesetter Productions shingle, with Rachel Polan serving as co-executive producer, Lisa Vinnecour is co-exec producer and Jessica Yu ("Fosse/Verdon," "Billions") is consulting producer. The series is created by Anna Moriarty, who also serves as executive producer.
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