Ready the wine and inform the Iron Bank: Cersei Lannister is making her grand return to TV…kinda. Emmy nominated actress Lena Headey, who played Cersei in Game of Thrones, is set to star in a forthcoming pilot for Showtime called Rita.
Showtime announced the news today via press release and explained the hour-long series is a dramedy in which Headey plays Rita, a single mother and teacher who’s never met an authoritative role she hasn’t liked. The issue? She’s just a little bit too unfiltered.
Jana Winograde, co-president of entertainment at Showtime, offered insight into the exciting new show in a statement, saying, “Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her. It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role.”
In addition to starring in the pilot, which has yet to get picked up to series (fingers crossed it will), the 45-year-old actress will executive produce. Christian Torpe, who created the Danish series from which Rita is based, will serve as show runner and executive produce as well. Elisa Ellis will join them as an executive producer.