Maggie Gyllenhaal Sparks Political Intrigue in ‘Honourable Woman’

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is sporting a British accent and taking over London as the protagonist in new television series The Honourable Woman. In the just-released trailer for BBC Two’s eight-part miniseries, the actress plays Nessa Stein, a businesswoman whose appointment to a high-profile position in the British House of Lords stirs up all kinds of political controversy and is made even more complicated by her past.

Stein’s father was a Zion arms procurer, and as a child, she and her brother witnessed his assassination. When she gets older, she inherits the multimillion-pound company and decides to take it in a new direction, using it to try to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Her work toward reconciliation earns her an exclusive spot on the House of Lords, but the position causes political turmoil. The trailer doesn’t show very many details of the complicated plot, focusing mainly on a dramatic monologue from Gyllenhaal that gives viewers a sneak peek at both her new character and hew new accent.

Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) writes and directs the series. The show, the first episode of which premiered in the U.K. last week, also features Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Broadchurch‘s Andrew Buchan, Episodes’ Genevieve O’Reilly, and The IT Crowd‘s Katherine Parkinson. It is set to air in the United States on Sundance TV on July 31 (minus the “u” in the title), and given the already glowing reviews from overseas, fans of political and international thrillers like Homeland may want to tune in — or at the very least, set their DVRs.

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