Meet your new Nina Locke

By Nick Romano
August 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM EDT

It was just in April that Hulu announced a pilot order for Locke & Key, based on the highly lauded horror graphic novel from Joe Hill, and now the first actor has been cast. Frances O’Connor of The Conjuring 2 has officially joined the adaptation, to be directed by It filmmaker Andy Muschietti, EW can confirm.

The series follows three siblings who relocate to their ancestral home in Maine after the vicious murder of their father. Once in the Locke mansion, they discover mystical keys that unlock an arsenal of magical abilities when paired with their respective doors on the grounds — a discovery that will put them on the radar of a demon hellbent on claiming the keys for itself.

O’Connor will play Nina Locke, mother to the children. In the comics, the character struggles with an alcohol dependency as she seeks to drown the PTSD from the family tragedy.

Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; IDW

“We are thrilled to have the multidimensional talents of Frances O’Connor to breath color and life into this pivotal character in our series, and along with a stellar production team in place, we have no doubt that we will be able to bring Joe Hill’s creative vision to the small screen,” IDW Entertainment President David Ozer said of the casting in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Fox previously attempted an adaptation of Locke & Key from Josh Friedman, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci during the 2010-11 TV season. Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) had been cast as Nina at the time, but the project did not move forward.

Showrunner Carlton Cuse is working with Hill on the new script and will produce the hourlong fantasy-drama with Hill, Muschietti, Ozer, Lindsey Springer, Ted Adams, and Barbara Muschietti.

Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson was originally set for directing duties, but he noted “there was no way to make the schedule work” around his responsibilities on TNT’s Snowpiercer.

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