Joan, the TV series that Sophie Turner just last week wrapped filming, is being touted as “awards bait” by The CW entertainment chief Brad Schwartz.
As a guest on a recent episode of sister site THR’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, Schwartz — in previewing international co-productions that were not impacted by the Hollywood strikes and thus are coming down the pike — said of Joan, “That is going to be awards bait, that show.
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“The dailies look amazing, Sophie Turner is phenomenal…,” Schwartz effused. “I’m really, really excited about that one.”
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Produced by The CW in association with All3Media International, Joan stars Game of Thrones alum Turner as notorious jewel thief Joan Hannington, in an “exhilarating yet emotional story set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1980s,” per the official synopsis.
Turner’s Joan is described as both a fiery and uncompromising woman in her twenties who is deeply scarred and vulnerable, and as a devoted mother to her six-year-old daughter, Kelly. She also is trapped in a disastrous marriage with a violent criminal named Gary. “When Gary goes on the run, Joan seizes the opportunity to create a new life for herself and her daughter, adopting new identities and making new acquaintances along the way… as a masterful jewel thief,” says the synopsis.
The cast also includes Frank Dillane (Fear the Walking Dead), Kirsty J. Curtis (the UK web comedy Match Not Found), Gershwyn Eustache Jr. (Britannia) and Laura Aikman (The Rising). Joan was written by Anna Symon and directed by BAFTA award-winner Richard Laxton.
When might Turner fans get to meet Joan?
Production on the UK portion of the series wrapped just last week; in fact the Birmingham wrap party that Turner attended has merited mention in recent headlines (regarding her ending marriage to Joe Jonas).
“[Joan is] a high-end, big-budget scripted series with a huge star,” CW boss Schwartz said on TV’s Top 5, “that should hit Q1 or Q2 [of 2024] for us.”
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