Paprika Steen will star as a series regular opposite Lena Headey in Showtime dramedy pilot Rita, based on Christian Torpe’s award-winning Danish series.
In Rita, Paprika Steen will play Ellen, a guidance counselor who runs the school with weaponized empathy. Headey will play the title character, a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority – as well as her family – in a messy and unfiltered way.
Torpe will pen the pilot and serve as showrunner. Rita is a co-production of Showtime and Platform One Media. Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) will direct the pilot and executive produce with Headey and Torpe, along with Elisa Ellis for Platform One Media, which is helmed by Katie O’Connell Marsh. Read the Deadline article here.