Sandra Oh to Headline New BBC America Series 'Killing Eve'

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Sandra Oh will play the title role in BBC America's Killing Eve

With Orphan Black soon coming to an end on BBC America, a new series that the network has in the works may take its place in satisfying your need to watch badass women in action. Sandra Oh (Grey's AnatomySideways) has been cast in the title role of BBC America's upcoming scripted series Killing Eve, the network announced Tuesday. The eight-episode drama based on the novella by Luke Jennings is expected to debut in 2018.

In what BBC America is calling a "dramatic thriller...filled with sharp humor, originality and high stakes action," Killing Eve will center on two women: Eve (Oh), a bored, intelligent security services operative whose deskbound job does not fulfill her fantasies of being a spy; and Villanelle, an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two women become equally obsessed with each other, and go head-to-head in a game of cat-and-mouse.

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Showrunner and co-executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagCrashing) says that "I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra! I have been a huge fan of hers forever and am pinching myself that she is playing our Eve. She is going to be so badass in this role.”

BBC America president Sarah Barnett added, "Sandra Oh has the ability to go from wrenching to funny to total mess with a genius lightness of touch.  Phoebe’s vision is absolutely original, and Sandra is utterly perfect casting we think for this key role."

Killing Eve, BBC America, Coming in 2018