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Anna Lambe to Star in Untitled Netflix/CBC Arctic-Set Comedy

True Detective actress Anya Adams has nabbed the lead role in an untitled Arctic-set comedy for Netflix and the CBC and APTN in Canada.

Lambe will play a young Inuk mother Siaja, with Keira Cooper, a 7 year-old actress from Iqaluit, Nunavut in Canada’s north playing her daughter Bun. Siaja wants to build a new future for herself, not easily done in her small Arctic town where everyone knows your business, according to a synopsis from the producers.

Lambe, who is from Iqaluit, Nunavut, made her film debut in The Grizzlies, and then co-starred in CBC indigenous drama Trickster. Lambe also guest starred on other series like Alaska Daily and the fourth season of HBO’s True Detective, set to debut in winter 2024.

The comedy from Red Marrow Media and Northwood Entertainment has also tapped Anna Adams to be the producing director ahead of production set to start in Nunavut in spring 2024.

Netflix and the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, have long-standing ties after partnering on local TV dramas like Anne, based on the Anne of Green Gables novels, and Alias Grace, based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. And the video streaming giant has brought a slew of homegrown Canadian series like Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms to a worldwide streaming audience.

Netflix’s latest financing for a homegrown Canadian series comes as the U.S. streamer faces a new law compelling it to help subsidize the country’s indie production sector beyond what it already invests in its own originals and local Canadian projects produced north of the border.

The Arctic-set comedy is created and written by Stacey Aglok MacDonald and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, with Miranda de Pencier executive producing. “We cannot wait for the world to see the brilliance of Anna Lambe. Our leading lady who hails from our home territory of Nunavut! And we’re thrilled to work with director Anya Adams. Her creative excellence and infectious passion are the perfect match for our vision,” MacDonald and Arnaquq-Baril said in a statement.

Adams is best known for directing TV series like Ginny & Georgia, Yellowjackets and Black-ish. Her recent credits inclucde the Apple TV+ series Roar and Amazon’s A League of Their Own, and her debut feature film Prom Pact was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding fiction special.

Lambe is repped by LBI Entertainment and Integral Artists, while Adams is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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