Ellen Pompeo will star in a limited series inspired by real events ordered from Hulu, Variety has learned.
In the self-titled show, a Midwestern couple adopts what they believe to be an 8-year-old girl with a rare form of dwarfism. But as they start raising her with their three biological children, they slowly begin to believe that she may not be who she says she is. As they question her story, they are confronted with their own tough questions about how far they are willing to go to defend themselves, finding themselves in a battle that is fought in the tabloids, the courtroom and ultimately their marriage.
Hulu has ordered the series for eight episodes. Katie Robbins (“The Affair”, “The Last Tycoon”) is writing and executive producing, and Pompeo will executive produce under her Calamity Jane production banner. Erin Levy (“Mad Men”, “Counterpart”) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Laura Holstein of Calamity Jane will also executive produce, along with Mike Epps, Dan Spilo, Niles Kirchner and Andrew Stearn. ABC Signature is the studio, with Calamity Jane currently under a blanket deal there.
With the serial order, Pompeo is expected to have a minor on-screen role in the upcoming season 19 of the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Variety has confirmed that she will appear in eight episodes of the new season, but will continue to narrate each episode in addition to acting as an executive producer.
Pompeo is best known for her lead role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, in which she has been starring since 2005. She has been ranked as one of the highest paid actresses in the world since 2017 due to her time on the show. She has also appeared as her character, Dr. Meredith Gray, in the spin-offs “Station 19.” The Hulu series marks one of the few roles Pompeo has played outside of “Grey’s” since the show debuted. Her previous TV credits include ‘Friends’, ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Strangers With Candy’, while her feature films ‘Daredevil’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘Old School’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Spirit. “
Pompeo is represented by CAA, John Carrabino Management, The Lede Company and Hansen Jacobson. Robbins is represented by UTA, Aaron Kogan Management and attorney Jonathan Shikora. Levy is represented by WME.