Scandal alum Darby Stanchfield has found her next gig! The actress who played Abby Whelan throughout Scandal’s seven-season run has just signed on to star in Netflix’s upcoming adaption of Joe Hill’s popular comic Locke and Key, according to Deadline. Stanchfield will star as Nine Locke, the mother of the Tyler, Kinsey and Bode Locke who will be played by Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott.
Locke & Key is “a horror-fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them an array of powers. Little do they know that a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.” According to her brief character bio, “as an artist and house renovator, Nina struggles in her new role as a single mom, and is driven to solve the mystery of who killed her husband.”
It’s been a long road for Locke & Key, which first began its journey to the small screen in 2010 when Fox ordered a pilot from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Steven Spielberg. Shortly after Fox passed on ordering it to series, Universal picked up the rights to the comics with the intention of making a feature film, although that ended up not happening as well. Then in April 2017, Hulu placed a pilot order for the series, which they passed over in March. So, to say Locke & Key has been resilient is quite the understatement, but in the world of television, you can’t do much better than Netflix these days.
The Hulu script was originally written by Lost’s Carlton Cuse with creator Joe Hill and directed by It’s AndyMuschietti. Now, Aaron Eli Coleite will be penning the Netflix adaption with help from Hill while a new director has not been named. Andy and Barbara Muschietti will still receive executive producer credits on the Netflix series as well. Cuse will be serving as co-showrunner alongside The Good Wife’s Meredith Averill. The series was picked up for a ten-episode first season last year.
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