You're going to be obsessed with Kate Winslet's new TV thriller Mare of Easttown

Lucy Morgan
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

What's arguably the first step to creating an award-winning production? Enlist Kate Winslet, of course. The critically-acclaimed actress has starred in some legendary films, from Titanic to Ammonite, but now she's chosen to branch out into TV with Sky crime thriller Mare of Easttown. As well as playing the lead, Mare Sheehan, Kate is also an executive producer on the show, alongside Brad Ingelsby (who produced The Way Back) and Craig Zobel (known for The Leftovers) as director. We'll admit we're already kind of obsessed.

What is Mare of Easttown about?

Set in Pennsylvania, the show follows Mare Sheehan (Winslet), a local hero and detective whose life slowly unravels as she investigates the murder of a young girl in seven suspense-ridden episodes. The official synopsis describes Mare of Easttown as "an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present".

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

Who will star in Mare of Easttown?

Although it's set in a small town, you can expect to recognise a lot of famous faces. Let's start with Mare's friends and family. Her mum, Helen, is played by time Emmy-winner Jean Smart (Watchmen) while her childhood bestie, Lori Ross, is played by Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider). Angourie Rice (Black Mirror) stars as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenage daughter.

You'll also need to keep your eyes peeled for Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective called in to assist with Mare's investigation, and Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce) as local creative writing professor Richard Ryan.

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

What's Kate Winslet said about Mare of Easttown?

In an interview with Indie Wire, Oscar winner Kate admitted she struggled with the Delaware County accent. "It was up there with the hardest accents I’ve ever done, in the top three for sure," she share. "It’s one of only two dialects in my life that made me throw things - that and the dialogue that they made me do in the movie about Steve Jobs."

Kate also confessed the detective life probably isn't for her, explaining, "I’d be a f**king lousy detective. I’d be very good at the coffee and the after [work] beers… But I don’t think I have the mental stamina that is required.”

Same, tbh.

When and where will Mare of Easttown be released?

The limited series will air weekly from Monday 19 April on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

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