Amazon Prime Orders Hysteria Starring Mena Suvari
On its third pilot season, Amazon Prime Instant Video, the web streaming service, is bent on remaining competitive with other streaming services like Hulu and Netflix by enlisting an intriguing hour-long dramatic thriller “Hysteria.” The show is expected to preview later this year. Read further to learn more about this story.
“Hysteria,” according to Amazon’s press release, is a story about a group of girls in a competitive dance team who simultaneously become sick with a mysterious disease. It causes the girls to become violent and to develop spasms.
Playing the lead character is Mena Suvari, who is best known for her work in the critically acclaimed movie “American Beauty.” Suvari will play the role of Logan Harlen, a neurologist who is hired to find out what is happening to the girls. But Harlen has her own demons to fight, and suspects that her tragic past, as well as the influences of social media, may be linked to the hysteria. The story takes place in Austin, Texas.
The series will also star James McDaniel (“Orange Is the New Black”), Josh Stewart (“The Dark Knight Rises”), T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Laura San Giacomo (“Saving Grace”) and Adam Canto (“X-men: Days of Future Past”).
Included in the project is Shaun Cassidy, who will be writing the series. Cassidy is a former TV star and accomplished singer and songwriter with a string of hits under his belt. He wrote “American Gothic,” which ran for one season on CBS in 1996. Cassidy will also serve as executive producer for “Hysteria.” The pilot episode will be directed by Otto Bathurst, who recently won a BAFTA for directing the British series “Peaky Blinders.”
“I can think of no better platform than Amazon to tell a story that explores the price of fear and the very real threat of viral connection becoming contagion,” said Cassidy in the press release.
“Hysteria” will join Amazon Prime’s growing library of impressionable TV shows like “Alphas” and “Transparent.”
And that’s the news on “Hysteria,” which will be coming to Amazon Prime later in 2014. For more news about this show and other updates on TV, movies and celebrities, visit Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.