According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz has picked drama One Percent up to series. From Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), the series tells the story of organic farmer Alfred Murphy (Ed Helms) as he and his family try to keep their farm from going under. However, when it looks like they might have to say goodbye to something they worked so hard to build up, a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever.
One Percent is the latest series pickup from Starz, which has looked to expand its scripted presence in recent years. In addition to already renewed Black Sails, Da Vinci’s Demons, and Power, the network is responsible for Outlander, upcoming basketball comedy Survivor’s Remorse, and upcoming thriller The Missing. One Percent joins a growing list of 2015 newcomers for the premium network that includes ballet drama Flesh and Bone and Seth MacFarlane-produced comedy Blunt Talk, the latter of which stars Patrick Stewart.
In addition to Helms, One Percent is set to star two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) as Alfred’s wife Laura and four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind) as Murphy family patriarch Nathaniel. Harris also recently signed on to HBO drama Westworld, which, if it goes to series, could have an impact on the size of his role on One Percent.
Will you be watching One Percent? Is this the type of project that you think Swank would choose for her scripted series comeback? Do you think that One Percent will fit in with the rest of Starz’s ever-expanding scripted roster?