The Dark Knight and Crazy Heart co-star has finally found a role worthy of her considerable talents in Sundance TV’s eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman. In the period spy thriller, Gyllenhaal plays the Israeli-British Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms dealer who takes over her father’s company but also attempts to shift the family business from running guns to laying down data cable networks between Israel and the West Bank. Back in Britain, she is granted peerage — an event that creates a “political maelstrom.”
Janet McTeer plays the head of MI6(!), Stephen Rea the aging intelligence agent who investigates Nessa, and Lindsay Duncan is his wife.
The 60-second trailer below doesn’t provide a whole lot of information, but does provide a good sense of the secret-identity tension running throughout the series as well as Gyllenhaal’s fine British accent.
The Honorable Woman will debut in the UK on July 3 and in the US on July 31.