Let the right thing in: Anika Noni Rose joins Showtime’s Vampire Drama Pilot

Enthusiastic about her role in Amazon Prime’s lively THEM, Anika Noni Rose has climbed the pilot for Let the Right One In, Showtime’s “upscale genre series” inspired by the 2004 Swedish vampire novel (directed by John Ajvide Lindqvist) and subsequent film from 2008.

The future series follows a father, Mark (played by Demián Bichir from The Bridge), and his 12-year-old daughter, whose life was changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Since she was 12 (and maybe forever), Eleanor has lived a closed life that can only go out at night while her father does his best to provide her with the minimal amount of human blood she needs to keep alive stay.

Rose will play Naomi, a single mother and homicide detective who lives with her son Isaiah next to Mark and Eleanor and who is happy about the bond between the children … until. (Naomi and Isaiah appear to represent Yvonne and Tommy from the above novel.)

“With these emotionally charged and terrifying ingredients as a starting point, Let the Right One In will raise expectations of the genre,” the abstract reads.

In addition to THEM, Rose’s previous TV credits include Power, The Good Wife, Private Practice, and a recent episode of Family Reunion.

Playwright Andrew Hinderaker (Away, Penny Dreadful) will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Seith Mann (Homeland, #FreeRayShawn), who will direct the pilot. Other EPs are Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios, while Bichir will also act as producer.

“Let the Right One In is quickly establishing itself as a high-stakes, high-stakes drama that begs the question: How far would you go to save your child from the monsters out there – would you risk becoming a monster yourself?” Showtime said EPP Amy Israel wrote in a statement. Hinderaker added, “The series is both a love letter to the original film and a story all of its own.”

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