Elizabeth Banks is attached to executive produce, direct and appear in a major supporting role for an adaptation of the Victoria Aveyard novel ‘Red Queen.’
The one-hour drama is set in an alternate near-future America where democracy is replaced by a monarchy led by a group of humans with superpowers who rule with an iron fist over those without powers. Mare, a fiery young woman born to poverty without powers, is doing the best she can to survive and protect her family when she discovers the unthinkable: She somehow has powers too. This shocking discovery turns our world upside down and catapults our unlikely hero to become the face of a revolution for the oppressed while searching for the truth behind the greatest mystery of all…how she became so powerful in the first place.
Beth Schwartz and Aveyard have co-written the pilot and will executive produce the project, with Schwartz also serving as showrunner. Banks and Max Handelman executive produce via Brownstone Productions. Dannah Shinder is a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television will co-produce.
Banks is fairly similar to the story, the Charlie’s Angels actress had previously been working on a big-screen adaptation of the book back in 2015. Banks is also attached to voice the role of an adult Pebbles in the ‘Flintstones’ sequel series ‘Bedrock.’