Bill Pullman has joined the cast of The Sinner TV show pilot at USA Network. Deadline reports he will play the male lead, Detective Harry Ambrose, opposite Jessica Biel’s Cora Tanner. Pullman played President Dale Gilchrist in the 1600 Penn TV series, which was cancelled in 2013, after one season on NBC.
Created and written by Derek Simonds, the crime drama is based on the Petra Hammesfahr book of the same name. Biel is executive producing with her Iron Ocean Films’ partner, Michelle Purple, and with Charlie Gogolak. Pilot director, Antonio Campos, also executive produces.
The Sinner focuses on Cora Tanner (Biel), a young mother who, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling and very public act of violence — and to her horror has no idea why. Pullman will play Harry Ambrose, a sensitive, dogged detective who finds himself disturbed and uniquely fascinated by Cora. Convinced that the bare facts of the case conceal something considerably more significant, Ambrose starts to investigate Cora’s life.
Here is more on The Sinner novel, from Amazon.
Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.
Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel. At the top of the bestseller list, The Sinner has been reprinted sixteen times and sold over 760,000 copies at home. Translated into eleven languages, this is the first Hammesfahr title published in English.
What do you think Have you read the novel? If USA Network orders The Sinner as a TV series, will you check it out?