'Flesh and Bone' from 'Breaking Bad's' Moira Walley-Becket picked up at Starz

moira-walley-beckett-sarah-hay-flesh-and-bone.jpgStarz has picked up a drama series called "Flesh and Bone" from "Breaking Bad" writer-producer Moira Walley-Beckett -- but the subject matter is far removed from the world of Walter White.

The series, which is to debut in 2015, centers on a talented but emotionally fragile ballet dancer and her fellow dancers in a ballet company in New York. Professional dancer Sarah Hay (above right with Walley-Beckett) has landed the lead role of Claire. Hay appeared in "Black Swan" as a member of the ballet company, but this will be her first on-camera acting role.

"From the beginning, we all agreed this project could not go forward unless we found a world-class dancer who had the ability to convey the widest range of emotions that Moira has written," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says in a statement. "This is one of the most challenging and dynamic characters I have ever seen and am thrilled to say we found our Claire in Ms. Hay."

Walley-Beckett is a former ballet dancer, as is her fellow executive producer Lawrence Bender ("Inglourious Basterds"). Another of the show's EPs, Kevin Brown, comes from a family of dancers whose lives were the basis for the 1977 movie "The Turning Point." ( John Melfi is also an exec producer.)

The "Flesh and Bone" cast also includes dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Sascha Radetsky. Royal New Zealand Ballet artistic director Ethan Stiefel will be the show's choreographer.

Filming is scheduled to begin soon in New York.
Photo/Video credit: Starz
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