If you combined the political intrigue of The West Wing with the global espionage of Homeland, the result might look something like Netflix’s upcoming series, The Diplomat. Fortunately, the series is led by showrunner Debora Cahn, whose best work was on those aforementioned shows. And with The Americans’ Keri Russell in the title role, this could be another hit for the streaming giant.
Russell stars as the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, who finds that the gig she thought would be a breeze is turning into a nightmare. With war brewing around the world, she finds herself caught in the middle of doing what’s right to avoid an international crisis, and saving her marriage to a career diplomat.
Also in the cast is Dark City actor Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, Ato Essandoh, Celia Imrie, Michael McKean, Nana Mensah, T’Nia Miller, and Miguel Sandoval.
The Diplomat hits Netflix on April 20th.
Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) is the new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She was supposed to go to Afghanistan. She’s great in a crisis zone. In a historic home… less so. War is brewing on one continent and boiling over on another. Kate will have to diffuse international crises, forge strategic alliances in London, and adjust to her new place in the spotlight — all while trying to survive her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell). From showrunner Debora Cahn (THE WEST WING, HOMELAND), THE DIPLOMAT is a high-stakes, contemporary political drama about the transcendence and torture of long-term relationships, between countries and people. Also starring David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, and Ato Essandoh, with executive producers Debora Cahn, Janice Williams, and Keri Russell.