One Day She’ll Darken: TNT Casts India Eisley And Jefferson Mays As Leads

Looks like Chris Pine (Star Trek) and LeLand Orser (Seven) will be in some good company when production on TNT‘s six-episode drama series One Day She’ll Darken begins next month, as India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, Look Away) and Jefferson Mays (The Americans, Law & Order: SVU) have been tapped as show leads.

Written by Sam Sheridan, the series is also welcoming aboard Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Justin Cornwell (Training Day), Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), Jay Paulson (Mad Men) and Golden Brooks (Girlfriends). Writer/director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Monster) is attached to direct the first two episodes.

One Day She’ll Darken introduces us to Fauna Hodel (Eisley), a young woman given away at birth who’s trying to piece back together her past. As learns more about what led to her abandonment,  Fauna follows a sinister trail that brings ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Mays) — a man who plies his trade in the darkest, most sordid areas of Hollywood.

Here’s a breakdown of our cast of characters from the upcoming limited series:

Eisley‘s Fauna Hodel aka “Pat” is a naïve young girl growing up outside of Reno, Nevada, who embarks on a desperate quest to discover who she is, a quest that throws her identity into crisis.

Mays‘s George Hodel is a former child prodigy, now a brilliant doctor who entertained and inspired a Hollywood salon of the avant-garde in the 40’s until a scandal broke and sent his famous friends scurrying.

Vazquez is Billis, a freelancing LAPD sergeant and problem-solver for the brass whose fear has turned to hate. He finds himself caught in the vise of corruption and the interests he has to protect.

Cornwell is Terrence Shye, A gifted young man stuck between an engineering apprenticeship and the streets of Watts. Smith portrays Sepp, a struggling artist, who’s twisted beyond recognition by guilt and tragedy.

Paulson is Ohls, an LAPD detective and a Korean War vet who owes his life to Jay Singletary; he and Jay share the alienation of warriors coming home.

Brooks is Jimmy Lee, Fauna’s mother, a former lounge singer, still consumed by bitterness from the injustice of Jim Crow Mississippi and a life of missed opportunities and squandered chances.

Turner’s Studio T is handling production, with Jenkins, Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar (13 Reasons Why, Spotlight), Pine and Sheridan serving as executive producers.

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