Amazon is about to be the new home for Castle star Stana Katic's return to television, acquiring the rights to Sony Pictures Television Network's crime thriller drama Absentia. Set to premiere on the streaming service in 2018, the 10-episode series premiered at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in June and was broadcast on Sony's AXN channels during the fall season.
First reported exclusively by Deadline: Hollywood, here's a look at the trailer and synopsis for Absentia that was released prior to its AXN debut:
Absentia, created by Gaia Violo and Matt Cirulnick based on a pilot script by Violo, centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic). While hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers, Agent Byrne disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.
Absentia co-stars Patrick Heusinger as husband/FBI agent Nick; as well as Cara Theobold, Neil Jackson, Angel Bonanni, Richard Brake, Ralph Ineson, Paul Freeman, Bruno Bichir and Patrick McAuley. Oded Ruskin has been tapped to direct and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Katic, Matt Cirulnick, Julie Glucksman, and Maria Feldman. Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, Abstentia is set to premiere on Amazon in the U.S. as well as several international markets including the U.K., Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Singapore and South Korea, and Turkey.
"Absentia is an exciting new thriller which combines family and love with suspense and vindication. Prime members worldwide are going to love this well written show with remarkable performances by a terrific ensemble cast led by Stana Katic in her newest lead role." – Brad Beale, VP, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video