Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) are set as the leads in Swimming With Sharks, Quibi’s drama series from Lionsgate.
Billed as a contemporary update of George Huang’s 1994 film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system, the series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First), and directed by Tucker Gates (Homeland), with Chris Cowles also producing.
In the series adaptation, Lou (Shipka), a young female assistant, works for Joyce (Kruger), a sole female studio head, at a company filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know Lou is poised to outwit them all.
Lou and Joyce give a female twist to the characters played in the movie by Frank Whaley and Kevin Spacey, respectively.
Dana Brunetti, Spacey’s former producing partner, and Liz Destro serve as executive producers alongside Jay Cohen and Stephen Israel, who executive produced the movie.
Shipka headlines Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is in its third season on Netflix Swimming with Sharks reunites her with Lionsgate TV, which cast her in her breakout role as Sally Draper on the AMC drama series Mad Men. Shipka, also known for her role in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
This is Kruger’s first major television role since FX’s The Bridge. She’ll next be seen in Universal’s 355 opposite Jessica Chastain and Lupita N’yongo. Kruger is repped by UTA, UBBA, Untitled, Altitude and Peikoff Mahan.