HBO Max has given an eight-episode first-season order to the Max Original “Julia,” based on the life of world-renowned chef Julia Child.
The series, from Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, stars Sarah Lancashire (“Happy Valley”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), and is directed by Charles McDougall (“House of Cards”) and written by Daniel Goldfarb (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
The series is inspired by Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running television series, “The French Chef,” which pioneered the now popular genre of cooking shows. Through Julia and her singular can-do spirit, the series explores an evolving time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity, and America’s cultural growth. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic.
In addition to Lancashire and Hyde Pierce, the series also stars Brittany Bradford (Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet), Fran Kranz (“Homecoming”), Fiona Glascott (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Bebe Neuwirth (“Madam Secretary”), Isabella Rossellini (Silent Retreat) and Jefferson Mays (“I Am the Night”).
“We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “This show’s look into her life, marriage and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight. Our incredible cast and formidable creative team are a recipe for success, and we couldn’t be more excited.”
“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with HBO Max by teaming with our production partners at 3 Arts on ‘Julia,’ the complex and compelling story of the celebrated chef, author and TV personality who almost single-handedly invented the world of food television,” Jocelyn Sabo, Lionsgate Television Group SVP, said in a statement. “Combining an extraordinary creative team, powerhouse cast and timely subject matter, the series has all the ingredients to resonate with HBO Max audiences for years to come.”