Back in April, it was announced Hulu had placed a pilot order for Locke & Key, a TV adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s IDW comic book title. Now we have the first casting news for the hour-long pilot.
According to Deadline, The Conjuring 2 star Frances O’Connor has been tapped to star as Nina, a woman who — along with her three children — moves into the family's ancestral home in Maine only to discover that it's a nefarious gateway to something otherworldly.
Interestingly, the role was played by Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) in a pilot for Fox for the 2010-11 development season, but it never went to series.
Hailing from executive producer and showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel), Locke & Key will be written by Hill (he also happens to be Stephen King's son, and will serve as executive producer) and directed by IT helmer Andy Muschietti (Mama).
Locke & Key centers on a family that moves into their ancestral home in Maine following the father's murder. There, they discover that the house has magical keys that give them powers and abilities. They also discover a doorway leading to a demonic dimension. What the kids don’t know is that a demon also wants those keys, and nothing will stop him from getting them.
When the project was first announced, Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) had been tapped to sit in the director’s chair but later had to be replaced with Muschietti due to a scheduling conflict with another pilot he was directing: TNT’s new Snowpiercer TV series starring Jennifer Connelly.
In a statement on O'Connor's casting, David Ozer of IDW Entertainment said:
“We are thrilled to have the multidimensional talents of Frances O’Connor to breathe color and life into this pivotal character in our series, and along with a stellar production team in place, we have no doubt that we will be able to bring Joe Hill’s creative vision to the small screen.”
What do you think of O’Connor playing the role of Nina in Hulu’s Locke & Key?