Looks like Hulu has found their Nina Locke, as the streaming service announced Friday morning that actress Frances O'Connor (The Conjuring 2, The Missing) has been signed as the matriarch of The Locke Family in Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic book series from writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will be shepherding the pilot with IDW Entertainment. Cuse will serve as showrunner and executive-produce the pilot with Hill, Barbara Muschietti, Lindsey Springer, Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment; and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion. Hill will also be writing the pilot, with Andy Muschietti (It) directing.
Here's an overview of the series:
"Following their father's gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief—and a wine bottle—to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren't much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds."
O'Connor is best known for her roles in Mansfield Park (1999), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), and Timeline (2003). O'Connor has won an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Blessed (2009); and earned Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress (Miniseries or Television Film) for her turns in Madame Bovary (2000) and The Missing (2014).
For executive producer Ozer, O'Connor is a welcome addition to the production:
"We are thrilled to have the multidimensional talents of Frances O'Connor to breath color and life into this pivotal character in our series, and along with a stellar production team in place, we have no doubt that we will be able to bring Joe Hill's creative vision to the small screen."