Anne Hathaway is set to star in a limited TV series, a crime thriller titled The Ambassador’s Wife. Based on a novel by Jennifer Steil, the story is inspired by the author’s experiences while married to the former U.K. ambassador to Yemen, Timothy Torlot.
The title character, an American woman named Miranda, lives a comfortable but restricted life in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Although she is typically surrounded by security, at one point she is kidnapped; and as the story unfolds, she and her husband are forced to make heartbreaking choices in their efforts to be reunited.
Steil experienced similar trauma firsthand when a suicide bomber targeted Torlot in 2010. Following the attack, Steil and the couple’s daughter were transported to Jordan for protection until Torlot’s term ended.
“The Ambassador’s Wife is an incredible story that pulls you in immediately and resonates with all of us based on the images and news headlines that are pervasive in our lives today,” producer Mark Gordon told The Wrap, “We are so fortunate to have Anne starring in this timely, gripping, and compassionate drama.”
Hathaway will also serve as a producer of the miniseries. Her feature film career is hotter than ever. She recently appeared in the hit sci-fi movie Interstellar, and she has at least two prominent releases scheduled in the next year—The Intern, with Robert De Niro, out September 25; and Alice Through the Looking Glass, with Johnny Depp.