HBO announced during its WarnerMedia TCA presentation on Wednesday morning that its upcoming limited series Mare of Easttown will premiere on Sunday, April 18 at 10 p.m. E.T., as reported by Indiewire. The murder mystery stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Ammonite).
A seven-part series, each episode will be made available to stream on HBO Max after its airing on Sunday nights. Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a tough as nails detective in a small Pennsylvania town who investigates a local murder. As she falls further deeper into the case, she also must compete with growing personal struggles. HBO’s official synopsis picked up by Indiewire states Mare of Easttown is, “an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.”
This is the first time Winslet will be starring in a television series in over a decade. In 2011, she gave an Emmy winning performance in the HBO limited series Mildred Pierce. And in addition to acting in Mare of Easttown, she is also executive producing the series, which marks the first time in her career that she will be doing so.
It was announced just yesterday that Guy Pearce will also star in the series, reuniting with Winslet as they co-starred together in Mildred Pierce. Pearce will play Richard Ryan, a creative writing professor in town who is past his prime. Along with Pearce, the rest of the cast notably features several other HBO acting veterans. The cast includes Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider) as Lori Ross, Mare’s best friend, Jean Smart (Watchmen) as Mare’s mother, Neal Huff (The Wire) as Father Dan Hastings, Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenage daughter, and Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Detective Colin Zabel.
Mare of Easttown is created and written in its entirety by Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back) and will be directed by Craig Zobel (The Hunt). It is executive produced by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant), who is reuniting with Ingelsby after directing the 2020 film he wrote The Way Back starring Ben Affleck (Argo).