Brit Zawe Ashton has joined the cast of HBO’s “The Devil You Know,” a new pilot from “Orange is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan. This marks Ashton’s debut appearances on US television, alongside Damien Molony, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Eddie Izzard, Ever Carradine, Hannah Nordberg and others.
“The Devil You Know” will look at the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 17th century New England, as neighbor was set against neighbor, leading a town to mass hysteria.
Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family and a leader in agrarian Salem Village. Molony will play his eldest son, opposite Ever Carradine as Putnam’s wife, while Rhind-Tutt portrays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan who isn’t popular with his peers until the accusations begin flying. Hannah Nordberg will play his daughter, Betty, with Naian Gonzalez Norvind as his niece and Ashton as the Parris’ slave brought from Barbados.
Filming on the pilot is expected to begin this spring in Boston.
Stateside audiences will probably remember Ashton from Carol Morley’s critically-acclaimed docu-drama “Dreams of a Life.” You may also know her from UK Channel 4’s hit university-set comedy “Fresh Meat.” Assuming HBO picks “The Devil You Know” to series, it will mark Ashton’s first USA TV series regular role, which should further introduce her to Stateside audiences.