Back when Grey's Anatomy first debuted in 2005, Sandra Oh began stealing scenes immediately as Dr. Cristina Yang, and she stayed in the role as a regular for a full ten seasons before departing in 2014. While Oh hasn't returned to Grey's, she will be back on the small screen in the not-too-distant future. She has signed on to star in a brand new series called Killing Eve, and it sounds pretty fabulous.
Killing Eve will be a thriller that revolves around the misadventures of a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle and the investigations of Eve, who is tasked with bringing the criminal in before more people have to die. Villanelle is a skilled murderer whose elegance offsets her violent impulses. She enjoys the luxuries that come with her work as an assassin and doesn't lose any sleep over the moral conundrum. For her part, Eve is an intelligent but unchallenged security services operative who wants to leave her desk job behind and pursue her fantasy of becoming a spy. Eve and Villanelle become obsessed with each other in a high stakes game of cat and mouse.
Sandra Oh will play Eve in the eight-episode first season of Killing Eve, which will air on BBC America. The role promises to give Oh the chance to stretch her dramatic and comedic muscles. Killing Eve is actually based on novellas penned by writer Luke Jennings, so it should be interesting to see how the plots and characters of the series compare with the source material. The project will be helmed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is best known for creating, writing, and starring in the acclaimed comedy Fleabag. She'll work as showrunner and executive producer on Killing Eve.
This new show marks Sandra Oh's first regular TV role since leaving Grey's Anatomy. She appeared in the web series Shitty Boyfriends shortly after leaving Grey's, and she appeared in a recurring role throughout American Crime Season 3. Killing Eve will put her back in the spotlight in a big way. Despite only running for eight episodes, the project isn't being billed as a limited series event, so there's a decent chance that the show could run for multiple seasons if the first is a success.
The biggest variable for Killing Eve at the moment may be the person who will play Villanelle. We can be sure that Sandra Oh has what it takes to deliver a dynamic performance as the leading lady, but a great hero needs a great villain to really become unforgettable. BBC America will need to find somebody who can hold her own opposite Oh.
Killing Eve will debut at some point in 2018. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and don't forget to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. If streaming is more your style, our Netflix premiere schedule will help you out.