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Elaine to star in new fantasy mystery series Sanctuary

Sanctuary will be based on the novel of the same name by V.V. James, who will serve as an executive producer alongside Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, Alison Carpenter, Karen Richards, Debbie Horsfield, and Guymon Casady. Horsfield will oversee the writing for the series alongside Jess Ruston and Gabbie Asher, while Lisa Mulcahy and Justin Molotnikov have signed on to helm the project.

The fantasy mystery series will star Elaine Cassidy, who was also in A Discovery of Witches, who will play a witch in this series named Sarah Fenn, while Hazel Doupe (Smother), who will be playing Sarah’s daughter Harper Fenn. Rounding out the cast will be Stephanie Levi-John (The Spanish Princess) and Amy De Bhrún (Line of Duty), who will also appear as DCI Maggie Knight and Abigail Whitehall, respectively.

After the local golden boy is discovered dead in an unexplained accident, the daily life in Sanctuary, a fictional, small U.K. town, gets shaken to its very core by murder accusations. The townspeople end up unloading their paranoia and suspicion upon Sarah and Harper, leading to a modern-day witch hunt. The tagline for the book is, “every town has its secrets, Sanctuary is built on them,” indicating this is a story full of intrigue.

Unlike with Totally, Completely Fine, Sanctuary will be an AMC production in partnership with Monumental Television. The previously announced titles for AMC in 2023 include Clean Sweep, The Lovers, SisterS, Black Snow, and Far North. All of these will stream exclusively on Sundance Now and AMC+ in the U.S. and Canada, except Clean Sweep and SisterS, which will only be available in the United States.