Actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) will star in Sister’s darkly comic horror The Baby for Sky and HBO.
Written by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace, who has acted as a co-producer on Sex Education, De Swarte will play 38-year old Natasha, the friend who has never made long-term plans and spends her life doing things on her own terms. When she’s suddenly landed with a baby, her solipsistic life dramatically implodes. With controlling, manipulative and violent powers, the baby soon turns Natasha’s life into a living hell.
As Natasha begins to discover the baby’s truly deadly nature, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to escape, but the baby simply won’t let her.
Newcomer Amber Grappy will star as Natasha’s younger sister Bobbi, a joyful children’s magician. Having a baby is Bobbi’s ultimate dream, so when she sees her sister with the one thing she wants most in the world, she is unable to see the danger they are in amid her blinding jealousy.
Amira Ghazalla (Sense8) will also join the cast as the 73-year-old enigma Mrs Eaves, who has spent the last 50 years living out of her car and coincidentally appears wherever the baby is.
Michelle De Swarte said: "Natasha is an emotionally arrested, flawed and 100% relatable character that I find it hard not to fall in love with as I read through the scripts. To be able to play someone I not only understand but am rooting for is a dream come true.
“Siân has written someone with depth, honesty and an authenticity that is as hilarious as it is heart-wrenching. I feel extremely blessed to be working with so many kick ass women on a project that is deliciously female centred."
The Baby offers a hilarious and raw examination of the institution of motherhood: the unspoken and often horrifying rules that differ drastically depending on how society views certain women.