Josh Hartnett to Star in Spectrum/Paramount Thriller ‘Paradise Lost’

Paramount Network and Spectrum Originals have announced the cast for their upcoming thriller series ‘Paradise Lost.’ Josh Hartnett (‘Penny Dreadful’) and Bridget Regan (‘Jane the Virgin‘) have been picked up to play the lead roles. The other cast members in the 10-episode series include Barbara Hershey (‘Once Upon a Time‘), Nick Nolte (‘Gracepoint’), Gail Bean (‘Snowfall‘), Danielle Deadwyler (‘The Gifted‘), and Shane McRae (‘Sneaky Pete‘). Reports on the project first surfaced in May under the title of ‘Heaven of Hell.’ The show has been rechristened later as ‘Paradise Lost.’

According to THR, the plot revolves around a psychiatrist (Regan) who shifts along with her family from her hometown California to Mississippi, which is her husband’s (Hartnett) hometown. But the new place and strange people imbue sense insecurity and fear in the psychiatrist and her family when embarrassing family secrets start to unearth from nowhere turn their lives upside down.

‘Paradise Lost’ is created and written by Rodes Fishburne (‘Blood & Oil’). He also serves as the co-showrunner and executive producer alongside co-showrunner Arika Lisanne Mittman (‘Dexter‘). John Lee Hancock directs the pilot episode. David Kanter, Jeff Okin and Romeo Tirone join the project as executive producers along with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content production.

“Paradise Lost is a complex, compelling series full of incredible characters, including the small town in Mississippi where it is set. We’re excited to see John Lee Hancock bring this incredible world to life, building on the vision that Rodes Fishburne and Arika Lisanne Mittman have so vividly created,” Paramount’s President of Development and Production, Keith Cox said in a statement.

The series is the latest addition to Paramount’s scripted programming slate which also includes the recently added series ‘Yellowstone.’ Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, the sophomore season of ‘Yellowstone’ features the Duttons fighting with tooth and nail for their ranch while new threats loom all over them.

Paramount has also given out a straight-to-series order to ’68 Whiskey,’ which is created by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard for Imagine Entertainment. Based on its Israeli predecessor, ’68 Whiskey’ explores the personal and professional lives of a team of doctors and nurses at an operating base. The drama series ‘Emily in Paris,’ which is created by Darren Star, is another big title in the Paramount lineup. Lily Collins has recently signed on to star and executive produce the series.

After the ‘Spike TV‘ rebranding last year, Paramount Network reshuffled their lineup to include more diverse and original content.

Cover Image Courtesy: Showtime (Penny Dreadful).