Hulu's Castle Rock has found its female lead, announcing that Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) has been signed to star opposite André Holland (Moonlight) in the upcoming psychological-horror drama series from J.J. Abrams (Alias, Star Trek) and author Stephen King.
Set in the shared universe of King, Castle Rock is named after the fictional town in Maine that is featured in a number of King's works including Cujo, The Dead Zone and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Per the producers when the ten-episode first season was announced, the series "…combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland."
Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare health issue who's barely making ends meet as a real estate agent in a town where every home holds a deep, dark secret. The New Zealand-born actress will be joining her previously announced cast mates: Holland as Henry, a death-row attorney with a unique and complicated past with Castle Rock; Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Bloodline) as Ruth Deaver, Henry's adoptive mother and retired professor whose aging insight into the darker places of Castle Rock's past might hold the key to uncovering the truth; and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Jackie, the death-obsessed self-appointed historian of Castle Rock and (possible) ally for Henry.
Lynskey, who made her acting debut in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, was recently in the HBO series Togetherness and also had a recurring role in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. On the cinematic side, she has starred in films such as Detroit Rock City, Shattered Glass, Sweet Home Alabama and Flags of Our Fathers. Lynskey is curently working on a film adaptation of The Changeover, the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margeret Mahy; and the family drama Sadie.