BBC America shares a first look at thriller Killing Eve

Sarah James
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From Digital Spy

We've got our first glimpse of BBC America's new star-studded drama Killing Eve – and it looks like its going to be a tense thriller.

The new drama is written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge and has been adapted from a series of novellas written by Luke Jennings. Phoebe will also serve as showrunner and executive producer on the eight-part series.

Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh will star as the titular Eve, a "bored, whip-smart security services operative" who's disillusioned with her desk job and fantasises about being a spy. Don't we all?

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Doctor Foster star Jodie Comer will also have a role in the series, and will be playing badass killer Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin who is described as creative, intelligent and someone who just plain enjoys killing people.

Totally normal, then.

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Killing Eve's premise revolves around the two women becoming rather obsessed with one-another after Eve is charged with hunting Villanelle down, getting into a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase.

As well as the roster of big names working on Killing Eve, the female-prominent line-up – in front of and behind the camera – has been applauded by the show's stars.

"This is the change that we're talking about," Sandra Oh said while promoting Killing Eve at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday (via TVGuide).

"Here is a young person who has a creative voice who writes her own play. Someone takes a big chance and says, I'm going to give you an entire show.

"It's someone stepping up. Then there's BBC America saying, 'Okay we're going to take that little thing and you can cast it how you want.' This is a little bit of the change that I think this panel represents that I am ecstatic to be a part of and that I applaud Sally for saying, 'Who is that writer?'"

Killing Eve premieres in the US on April 8 on BBC America.

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