Tom Ellis has landed his first major TV role following the conclusion of Lucifer. The actor will star in the upcoming Hulu comedy Second Wife, from Tell Me Lies creator Meaghan Oppenheimer, who is Ellis’s real-life wife. The series will star Ellis opposite Emma Roberts as a young woman who falls in love with Ellis’s character after getting out of a bad relationship. Oppenheimer will serve as the series showrunner, and executive produce the series through her Belletrist banner. Ellis and Roberts will also serve as executive producers.
While she is Hollywood royalty and a star of big-screen fare, it isn’t unprecedented for Roberts to take TV jobs. She has worked on series like Scream Queens and American Horror Story in the past. Both she and Ellis are best known for genre projects, so having what sounds like a fairly straightforward dramedy will be a nice change of pace for the actors.
Here’s the official series logline, via Variety, who first reported the casting news:
The dark comedy series will follow Sasha (Roberts), who is fresh from a terrible breakup and flees New York to start over in London, where she meets and quickly falls in love with a recently divorced father named Jacob (Ellis). When they impulsively decide to get married, they learn that there’s a lot they don’t know about each other – and they can’t outrun their pasts forever.