Thursday, 8 March 2012

Keri Russell joins FX's THE AMERICANS

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Keri Russell (Felicity, Mission Impossible III) has signed onto FX's new drama The Americans, created by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies, Damages) and executive-produced by Graham Yost (Justified). The show concerns two KGB agents living in Washington D.C, posing deep undercover as Americans during the early-'80s.

FX describe the show thus:

"The arranged marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings [Keri Russell], who have two children who know nothing about their parents' true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous, and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip's growing sense of affinity for America's values and way of life."
The Americans sounds like it's been inspired by the real-life 2010 case of Anna Chapman, the beautiful 28-year-old New Yorker born Anna Kushchyenko, who was exposed as a Russian spy. It also has a few similarities to Showtime's current hit Homeland, which concerns a US war hero who may have been turned into a terrorist working for Al Qaeda.

This sounds like a good idea for a show, and could be particularly intriguing because of the period setting. I haven't seen too much of Keri Russell's work, but the little I've seen has been good and I know she has a fanbase.