Rosamund Pike, Chris O’Dowd To Star In 10-Minute Comedy Series ‘State Of The Union’

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In this day and age, screens everywhere are trying to capture people’s attention. That’s why SundanceTV is hoping to snag just 10 minutes’ worth of television viewers’ attention each week with its upcoming comedy State of the Union.

The first season of the short-form series, starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), will feature ten 10-minute episodes, reported Deadline and Variety.

Irish actor O’Dowd, 38, is also a star on the current Epix television series Get Shorty, and British actress Pike, 39, has never had a regular role in an American television program, but has appeared on TV programs in the United Kingdom

State of the Union tells the story of a married couple, Louise and Tom, who meet at a bar every week before they attend their marital therapy session. Each episode reveals a little bit more about how they fell in love, what their lives were like, and what is tearing them apart.

This unique series will begin shooting later this summer in London.

State of the Union is being written by Nick Hornby, the British author who has had many of his books turned into popular major motion pictures, including High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Fever Pitch, and also wrote the screenplays for Academy-Award-nominated films Wild and Brooklyn.

Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon & Nick Hornby
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Writer Cheryl Strayed, actress Reese Witherspoon and screenwriter Nick Hornby attend the photocall of "Wild" during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at The Mayfair Hotel on October 13, 2014 in London, England. Featured image credit: Tim P. WhitbyGetty Images for BFI

“I am so pleased to be working again with [director] Stephen [Frears], Rosamund, and Chris,” said Hornby.

“I first met Stephen when he directed High Fidelity, Rosamund when she revealed her wonderful comic talent in An Education, and Chris when he made the forthcoming Juliet, Naked, and I think they will make a tremendous team. State of the Union is an unusual project, so it’s all the more gratifying that we have managed to attract talent of this magnitude.”

Rosamund Pike & Ben Affleck
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Actors Rosamund Pike (L) and Ben Affleck attend the Opening Night Gala Presentation and World Premiere of "Gone Girl" during the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on September 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)Featured image credit: Dimitrios KambourisGetty Images

“Sundance is thrilled to partner with our good friends at See-Saw Films on this short form original production,” stated Jan Diedrichsen, the general manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now.

“We are fortunate to have a dream team in front of and behind the camera to bring to life Nick’s intimate, entertaining, and relatable story of a modern marriage to life.”

Chris O'Dowd & James Franco
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: (L-R) Chris O'Dowd and James Franco attend TimesTalks at Times Center on March 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)Featured image credit: Andrew H. WalkerGetty Images

Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta, of production company See-Saw Films (Lion, The King’s Speech), said that State of the Union gives Hornby “the freedom to explore a marriage in crisis, which manages to be both funny and touching in equal measure.”

No word yet as to when State of the Union will premiere on SundanceTV.