Peacock developed Avenging Field, an hour-long drama series starring and produced by Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger, from writer Felicia D. Henderson and MGM Television, Deadline has confirmed. The project also comes from Zellweger’s Big Picture Co, Toluca Pictures and North Rose Pictures. MGM Television is the studio.
Written by Henderson, who also serves as showrunner, Avenger Fieldsaid to be in the vein of hidden numbers, celebrates the brave women (and men) who ran an all-female US Airforce clandestine program called the WASPS to fight Hitler’s evil from home. Inspired by the true story of WASPS leader Jackie Cohran (Zellweger) and the diverse group of women as brave and righteous as the astronauts of The good thingthese women fought the system, skeptics and even sabotage to bring everyone home safely.
Susanna White is a director and executive producer. Henderson executive produces through Waterwalk Entertainment with Carmella Casinelli & Zellweger for Big Picture Co., Steve Stark & Stacey Levin for Toluca Pictures, Emily Rose & Jill North for North Rose Pictures, and Connie Tavel.
Known for her role as Judy Garland in the feature film Judy, Zellweger will star next in NBC’s six-episode limited series The thing about Pam.
Henderson is currently the showrunner of the upcoming Netflix YA vampire drama First murder. His recent credits include The Punisher, Fringe, Empire and Gossip Girl.
White’s directing credits include A24 A woman walks ahead, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, and Our kind of traitor, among others.
Variety was the first to break the news today.