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Mark Duplass Joins Ellen Pompeo in Untitled Orphan-Adoption Limited Series at Hulu

Mark Duplass (The Morning Show) has been cast as the male lead in the untitled orphan limited series at Hulu that is inspired by a true story.

The drama will star Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and UK actor Imogen Reid.

The eight-episode limited series tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Ukranian-born Natalia Grace and her U.S. adoptive parents, who claimed that she was an adult “sociopath” pretending to be a child.

The series is inspired by the true story of the Midwestern couple who adopts what they believe is a little girl with dwarfism. As they begin to raise her alongside their three biological children, they slowly start to believe she may not be who she says she is. As they question her story, they’re confronted with hard questions of their own about the lengths they’re willing to go to defend themselves, falling into a battle that’s fought in the tabloids, the courtroom, and ultimately their marriage.

Pompeo will play the mother.  In addition to starring in the project, Pompeo will also executive produce under her Calamity Jane production banner.

According to Deadline, Duplass will play Michael Barnett, at the time husband of Pompeo’s Kristine Barnett, and adoptive father to Natalia (Imogen Faith Reid).

In 2019, Michael (Duplass), an upbeat Midwestern dad and retail manager, was charged, along with his ex-wife Kristine (Pompeo), for the neglect and abandonment of their daughter Natalia, whom they adopted in 2010. Already in the public eye because of Kristine’s bestselling book The Spark– about raising their son Jacob, a science prodigy– Michael’s world begins to crumble as he and Kristine are forced to defend the narratives they’ve spun about Natalia in the courts of law and public opinion.

The show was created and written by Katie Robbins (The Affair). Erin Levy will serve as showrunner on the series and executive produce alongside Robbins. Epps, Spilo and Niles Kirchner also executive produce alongside Andrew Stearn.

ABC Signature is the studio, with Calamity Jane currently under an overall deal there.

Duplass earned a 2020 Emmy nomination and a 2022 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Chip Black on Apple TV+s The Morning Show.

Source: Deadline

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