Oscar winning actor Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, Peggy Sue Got Married) is all-aboard for the upcoming Starz series Blindspotting, according to our fellow Hollywood chroniclers at The Hollywood Reporter.
Blindspotting is intended to be a television sequel – a sort of more serious Cobra Kai – of the 2018 feature film of the same name which starred Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal and Jasmine Cephas Jones. The story followed a character named Collin who just needs to make it through his last three days of probation in order to have a fresh start in his California neighborhood. Naturally, things go awry when Collin witnesses a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase…This new series will continue the story began in the film with the focus being on the Jones character who is forced to move in with her now-incarcerated boyfriend’s mother (Helen Hunt) while he does jail time.
Helen Hunt – last seen to good effect in World on Fire and 2020’s The Night Clerk – will be starring alongside original Blindspotting actor Jasmine Cephas Jones in this Lionsgate television continuation. To keep the good ju ju going from the 2018 film, original stars and co-writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal will be executive producing the television sequel of the film.
In a press release, Raael Casal welcomed the Oscar and Emmy winner to the production. “It is such an honor to have Helen Hunt in this series. We became friends after she tweeted about her love of the film and we have long looked for a project to do together. She has been our first choice for the character Rainey since we dreamed this show up.”
Blindspotting began production this very week in L.A. and Oakland with other actors par excellence Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, Candace Nicholas-Lippman and Benjamin Earl Turner-who also writes for the new show.
Other creatives behind this iteration of Blindspotting are Casal who will act as a showrunner as well as executive produce with Diggs. Joining the ever-popular producing side of the show will be Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of the awesomely named Snoot Entertainment, Emily Gerson Saines, Barnyard Projects’ Tim Palen and Ken Lee.