Barkin's TNT show, set to premiere later this year, comes just six years after the movie of the same name earned its star, Jacki Weaver, an Oscar nomination. While the film was set in 1985 Melbourne, Australia, the family crime series will take place in Oceanside, California. Barkin takes on the role of Smurf, the matriarch of the Codys, a family with a definite dark side.
"You learn that she's capable of great menace, some emotional cruelty, but also capable of great love, but it never really answers the question whether or not her capacity of cruelty or her capacity for love is the scarier component of her character, and I know that’s something we want to explore in the course of the series." showrunner Jonathan Lisco told reporters at Television Critics Association's winter press tour (via Deadline). "I think that’s a rather bottomless pit when you have an actress like Ellen Barkin."