Sandra Oh is in a precarious position in the first look at BBC America’s new miniseries, Killing Eve.
Oh stars as Eve Shaw, a “bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy,” according to a release from the winter TCAs. Eve will match wits with Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer of The White Princess), a “mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer and star of Amazon’s Fleabag, wrote and will executive-produce the miniseries. BBCA president Sarah Barnett praised the cast and crew, saying, “In Killing Eve, a genius bunch of women behind and in front of the camera transcend the predictable with this funny and heart-stopping twisted cat and mouse thriller. …[The series] stands out in a sea of scripted stories as refreshingly entertaining and great fun.”
The series also stars Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, True Blood), who plays Carolyn, a lead MI6 agent, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog) as Elena, Eve’s assistant. Rounding out the cast are Kim Bodnia (The Bridge), David Haig (Penny Dreadful), Sean Delaney, and Owen McDonnell (My Mother and Other Strangers).
Though she’s best known for her role on Grey’s Anatomy, Oh stressed this character is very different from Cristina Yang, explaining that Eve is more frazzled during a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, on Friday. “I feel very much in a completely different and separate world with Killing Eve,” Oh told reporters at TCA. “I was really happy for the departure. They’re both determined characters. But… [Eve] doesn’t have things under control. You see her even in the first two episodes how she’s quite insecure and how she’s not found her voice, and that’s what initially gravitated me to this project. Also how my character is intricately involved with Villanelle and whatever that might mean, that you’re constantly in this tone and style of the thriller that it’s so different I don’t necessarily have those character comparisons at all.”
Killing Eve premieres Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America. See the rest of the photos below.