New York, NY – August 10, 2022 – AMC Networks today announced that Emmy® Award-winner Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Orphan Black) will star in its newest series Invitation to a Bonfire, for which she also joins as executive producer, set to debut in 2023. Based on the novel by Adrienne Celt, Invitation to a Bonfire is a psychological thriller set in the 1930s at an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey. Maslany joins previously announced series regulars Freya Mavor (Skins), Pilou Asbæk (Borgen, Game of Thrones) and Ngozi Anyanwu (The Deuce).
From creator, showrunner and executive producer Rachel Caris Love (Physical) the series is inspired by Vladimir and Vera Nabokov’s co-dependent marriage, and follows Zoya (Mavor), a young Russian immigrant and groundskeeper, who is drawn into a lethal love triangle with the school’s newest faculty member (Asbæk) — an enigmatic novelist — and his bewitching wife (Maslany).
Inspired by Vera Nabokov, Maslany will portray Vera Orlov, who is more than Leo’s wife; she is his editor—and his everything.
Said Dan McDermott, AMC Networks’ President of Entertainment and AMC Studios: “Tatiana is a singular talent who we’ve wanted to bring back to the AMC Networks family since her iconic and career-defining performance in Orphan Black. We’re thrilled to have her join Invitation to a Bonfire’s talented cast and watch her bring to life the wild flame that is Vera Orlov, both on-screen and behind-the-scenes as an executive producer.”
Tatiana Maslany is an Emmy® Award-winning actor for her starring role in Orphan Black. She will next be seen starring as the title character in the highly anticipated Marvel series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law which will premiere on Disney+ on Thursday, August 18. Maslany recently starred opposite Matthew Rhys in HBO’s Perry Mason for which she won a 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Television Award for “Best Supporting Actress.” Additionally, she is currently the lead in the podcast series, POWER TRIP – which she serves as executive producer, and is available on all major platforms now.
Invitation to a Bonfire marks Maslany’s return to AMC Networks, where she starred in the hit series Orphan Black, winning the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy® in 2016 for her portray of Sarah Manning and her cohort of clones: Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena, Rachel Duncan, Elizabeth Childs, Krystal Goderitch, Veera “M.K.” Suominen, Katja Obinger, Jennifer Fitzsimmons and Tony Sawicki.
Maslany is represented by CAA, The Characters Agency, Alexander Artists, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.
From AMC Studios, the first season of Invitation to a Bonfire will include six episodes with Robin Schwartz and Kyle Laursen also serving as executive producers and Carolyn Daucher as producer.
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