Ellen Burstyn to Join Showtime's Latest Drama

Ellen_Burstyn.Showtime has a new drama in the works called "Possible Side Effects" about the pharmaceutical industry and word is Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast.

Variety says her role is "the matriarch of the Hunt family, a powerful but dysfunctional brood that runs a drug company that gets into a heap of trouble."


"Possible Side Effects will have a two-pronged focus. In addition to exploring the dysfunctional family dynamics of the main characters, potential skein will examine the politics, research, bureaucracy, miraculous cures and greed that accompany the pharmaceutical industry's search for the next billion-dollar drug."

Tim Robbins is writing and directing the new show.  Other cast members include Josh Lucas (American Psycho) and Tim Blake Nelson (The Astronaut Farmer).

Burstyn can also be seen playing Barbara Bush in "W", a chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, due to come out on October 29th.

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