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Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff to star in Ava DuVernay's romance drama series

Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff have signed up to star in an untitled romance drama series being developed by Ava DuVernay.

The Dawson's Creek actor and The Walking Dead star, who is deaf, will also executive produce the series alongside the Selma director.

According to Variety, the actors will play "two polar opposites who become intertwined in a love affair that turns their worlds - and those of everyone around them - upside down". Their attraction passionately disrupts notions of race, gender, class, physical ability, and normative culture, elevating to true love that surpasses difference.

Starz executives announced the series at their inaugural #TakeTheLead summit on allyship and representation.

"Starz and Warner Bros. Television have made a bold production commitment to immediately explore three seasons, and we're revved up and ready to begin what I hope will be a beautiful journey for all involved," DuVernay revealed.

Kathryn Busby, Starz's president of original programming, said, "There is nothing like this series on TV and we are thrilled to be in development with Ava, a trailblazer and unparalleled champion of diversity. Lauren is a true inspiration and together with Joshua, a brilliant veteran actor, they will bring their incredible talents to this project - both in front of and behind the camera."

DuVernay will oversee the writing of the series through her distribution company Array's deal with Warner Bros. Television.