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UTA has signed Julianne Nicholson, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The actress has amassed a body of steady film and television work, most recently as the title character in Sophie and the Rising Sun at Sundance this year and as Joel Edgerton’s wife in Black Mass. Other recent film credits includeTen Thousand Saints and August: Osage County, in which THR‘s David Rooney called her performance “a quiet revelation.”
Nicholson will topline USA’s upcoming crime thriller Eyewitness as a sheriff who becomes foster mother to a teenage boy. She previously starred as a detective on three seasons of NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent and recurred as an assistant U.S. attorney throughout three seasons of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. More recently, she was a series regular on Sundance Channel’s The Red Road and a recurring guest on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, for which she received a Critics’ Choice TV Awards nomination last year.
Nicholson continues to be managed by Davien Littlefield.
Julianne Nicholson has a clear view of her next big role.
The Masters of Sex and Law & Order: Criminal Intent vet is set to star in USA Network’s upcoming crime thriller Eyewitness, an adaptation of the Norwegian drama Øyevitne.
Nicholson will play Helen Torrance, described as “a former big-city homicide detective who left her harrowing career to become a small-town sheriff and loving wife. However, when a gruesome crime occurs, she’s thrust back into the traumas of her past – just as she’s begun her hardest case yet: fostering a teenage boy.”
Meanwhile, Tyler Young (Empire) has landed the series-regular role of that “sensitive yet tough” foster child, Philip O’Brien. As he settles into his new and idyllic small-town life, Philip begins to fall in love with his classmate Lukas. When the boys witness a quadruple homicide, however, “Philip becomes more troubled than ever, as the two boys swear themselves to secrecy for fear of being outed.”
Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) has signed on as executive producer for the pilot and will direct the first two episodes.
The most engaging and emotional movies are often those that incorporate meaningful societal issues into their captivating plot-lines and characters. That’s certainly the case with the new gritty, realistic and timely film, ‘From Nowhere,’ which was written and directed by Matthew Newton. The drama, which stars Julianne Nicholson and Denis O’Hare, is set to have its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. As Shockya prepares to return to the Austin-based festival that’s held every year in March, we’re debuting three new photos featuring the SAG Award-nominated actress, as well as two of her younger, up-and-coming co-stars.
‘From Nowhere’ features an ensemble cast that’s led by Nicholson, who plays a committed teacher, and O’Hare, who portrays a corporate lawyer who’s out of his comfort zone as he works to secure the papers necessary for three undocumented teenagers to stay in the USA after high school graduation. Filmed on location in the Bronx, New York, the drama follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl as they are forced to grow up prematurely, and navigate significant immigration challenges to stay in the country where they have grown up and call home. As graduation nears, the three teenagers just want to be with their friends, fall in love and push back against authority.
No Place Like Film produced ‘From Nowhere’ with Newton and his co-scribe, Kate Ballen. The drama also stars J. Mallory McCree, Chinasa Oghuagu and Jim Norton.
“We’re all incredibly excited to host the world premiere of ‘From Nowhere’ at South By Southwest,” Newton said. “‘From Nowhere’ is inspired by the real experiences of my co-writer, Kate Ballen, who spent 10 years teaching undocumented teenagers at a Bronx high school, so it’s a great privilege to help give a voice to a group of young people whose circumstances mean they can’t speak up for themselves. We shot the film on location on the streets of the Bronx and inside a real high school, and there was a true sense of immediacy to the characters’ challenges – we would literally travel to the set each morning reading stories in the newspaper dealing with exactly the issues we were about to film that day.”