Katheryn Winnick, who's wrapping up her run in Vikings on The History Channel, has her sights set on Montana as her next destination. She will play the lead in David E. Kelley's Midwest thriller The Big Sky for ABC. Her casting comes shortly after her co-star Ryan Phillippe signed on.
Based on the novels by C.J. Box, The Big Sky follows private detective Cassie Dewell, who partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Winnick) on a search for two sisters. A truck driver abducted the two on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover their kidnapping is not an isolated incident, the two are in a race against time before another the driver claims another victim.
Phillippe will play her Helena-based private investigator husband Cody, who she separates from. The series finds him to help find his son's missing girlfriend. Winnick joins John Carroll Lynch and Dedee Pfeiffer. The series comes from A+E Studios and Disney's 20th Television. Director Paul McGuigan, Matthew Gross, Kelley, Ross Fineman, and Box serve as executive producers.
Winnick played Viking leader Lagertha in the long-running History series Vikings, wrapping its sixth and final season. She was in the martial arts action series Wu Assassins co-starring Iko Uwais on Netflix. The actor also appeared in Netflix's graphic novel film adaptation Polar, with co-star Mads Mikkelsen.
Winnick has wrapped filming on three upcoming films. Wander co-starring Tommy Lee Jones slates for a 2020 release. She'll also be in The Minuteman, opposite Liam Neeson and Aaron Eckhart; and the Sean Penn-directed Flag Day with Penn, Josh Brolin, and Miles Teller.
The Big Sky is Kelley's fourth series currently in development after Big Little Lies and The Undoing on HBO and Mr. Mercedes on The Audience Network. He's also developing a pilot for The Lincoln Lawyer, which could be his fifth series if pushed to series.