‘Castle’ alum Stana Katic set to star in new ten-episode thriller ‘Absentia’

A good few months have passed since the end of Stana Katic’s time on “Castle,” but if everything works out as we hope, we maybe seeing more of her on television again sooner rather than later.

As first reported by Deadline, Katic has signed on to star in “Absentia,” a new thriller from Sony Pictures TV that will air worldwide through the company’s AXN networks. These mostly are found in other countries, but some shows such as “Hannibal” and “Crossing Lines” have been distributed locally in America. The show already has a ten-episode series order, and given her star power and resume we have to think that some broadcast or cable entity will be interested in picking the show up fairly fast.

In this story Katic is set to play an FBI agent who disappears and is declared dead while on the hunt for a notorious killer. The idea of this is somewhat interesting given that one story possibility that was floated around for season 9 of “Castle” revolved around Beckett being presumed dead. Anyway, in “Absentia” she is found alive six years after her disappearance in the woods, with no memory of anything that happened in this time. Ironically, you could make another “Castle” comparison there given that Rick had a story for some time regarding some missing chunks of his life.

In a statement about this show, Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming and Production at Sony Pictures TV Networks, had the following to say about the project, written by Matt Cirulnick and directed by Oded Ruskin, who will helm the entirety of the ten episodes (a rarity in TV):

Absentia is the perfect blend of crime thriller and character-driven drama for the AXN audience … With a strong lead, Matt’s writing, and Oded’s direction, we have a signature series packed with suspense, surprise and emotional turns that feels distinctly AXN, and has great global potential,” said Jacobson.”

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