ABC is about to add a new action series with a surprising star… Ashley Judd.
Deadline is reporting that Judd is close to signing on to star in "Missing," which is getting fast tracked for a fall start date. In the series, Judd portrays Becca Winstone, an ex-CIA agent and a single mother who travels to Italy after the disappearance of her 18-year-old son who had been living there. She soon finds herself drawn into the intrigue of her son’s life and demonstrates her willingness to cross any line to find him.
The premise is somewhat reminiscent of the hit Liam Neeson film "Taken," which is also said to be under development as a TV series in addition to a film sequel. Production on "Missing" is scheduled to begin production next month in Rome, Vienna and Prague. "Missing" was created by Greg Poirier ("National Treasure: Book of Secrets") and the pilot episode will be directed by Steve Shill ("Dexter"), who has also signed on to direct multiple episodes of the series.
Two of Judd’s earliest acting roles came on television, first as Ensign Robin Lefler on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and then as a recurring actress on the NBC drama "Sisters." However, she became best known for starring in several thrillers during the late ’90s, including "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "Eye of the Beholder." Judd has also appeared in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Bug," "Frida" and "Someone Like You."
"Missing" will be Judd’s first starring gig on television. Additionally, Judd will be releasing her autobiography, "All That is Bitter & Sweet" later this year.