Sandra Oh to Star in ‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Spy Thriller Series

Waller-Bridge says she's "quivering with excitement" over the news.

As Sandra Oh left Grey’s Anatomy at the end of Season 10, and since then, she’s most notably appeared as a guest on American Crime and as one of the leads (alongside Ann Heche) the odd indie class satire, Catfight. A new series, however, will bring Oh more frequently to your screens. It’s the next from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator/star of the poignant yet biting dark comedy, Fleabag, as well as Crashing, the ensemble comedy about not-quite-squatters in an abandoned hospital.

The new, Oh-starring comedy is called Killing Eve, and will air on BBC America. This is the first series of Waller-Bridge’s that isn’t billed as a comedy; actually, it’s an eight-episode spy thriller. According to the Hollywood ReporterOh will play the title role, a security operative who’s stuck at her desk, whose aspirations of being a spy out in the field seem futile — until she becomes tasked with hunting down a psychopathic assassin, named Villanelle. Waller-Bridge will write all eight of the episodes, and will also serve as showrunner.

Waller-Bridge said in a statement, “I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra! I have been a huge fan of hers forever and am pinching myself that she is playing our Eve. She is going to be so badass in this role.”

As you may have noted, the premise has echoes of Spy, but is actually adapted from novellas (Codename Villanelle and Villanelle: Hollowpoint) by Luke Jennings. The author mentioned on Twitter that casting for the Villannelle character is imminent:

And Bridge released a colorful statement of glee about the casting news, saying, “I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra! I have been a huge fan of hers forever and am pinching myself that she is playing our Eve. She is going to be so badass in this role.”