A starz is born… And, his name is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.
Starz has given a straight-to-series order to The One Percent, an hourlong project from the 50-year-old filmmaker and MRC.
Gonzalez Iñárritu’s project has Ed Helms set to star, with Hilary Swank and Ed Harris poised to co-star. The order is for 10 episodes.
MRC developed The One Percent internally and attached Helms, Swank and Harris before recently taking the project out to cable networks, garnering multiple offers.
The One Percent follows a downtrodden farmer (Helms) as he struggles to hold onto his family and his farm, when a bizarre twist of fate becomes a life-changing secret that will either save them or ruin them.
Helms will play the lead role of Alfred Murphy, who is struggling professionally and personally to keep the family business afloat.
Swank is in final negotiations to play his wife, Laura Murphy.
Harris will play the family patriarch, Nathaniel Cobb. He will reportedly appear on The One Percent in a guest starring capacity.
The One Percent was created and written by Gonzalez Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo. The quartet, who recently collaborated on Birdman, will serve as executive producers.
Gonzalez Iñárritu will direct the first two episodes and set the visual style of the show. The series reunites MRC and Gonzalez Iñárritu, who worked together on the Best Picture Oscar-nominated film Babel.