Detroit born dancer, actress, choreographer and film director, Anne Fletcher is set to direct ABC’s Heart of Life drama pilot inspired by the John Mayer song of the same name. Best known for her films Step Up (2006), 27 Dresses (2008) and The Proposal (2009), Fletcher recently released her film Dumplin‘ which rated 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. This will be Fletcher’s eighth credit as a director, her third on a TV series.
Penned by Ben Queen, Heart of Life follows two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate childhoods, they’ll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past, and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family.
Dave Annable is set as a lead to play Wesley “Wes” Reid, the brother in one of the two sets of adult siblings. Annable, who co-starred on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters for five seasons, recently starred with his wife Odette in Freeform’s romantic comedy film No Sleep Til Christmas. He also co-starred opposite Kevin Costner in the first season of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone and played Dr. Jack McAndrew on Fox’s Red Band Society. He’ll soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix limited series What/If.
Harry Shum Jr. and Katie Findlay are set as leads. Schum is known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016). Findlay, a Canadian actress, is known for her roles in After the Dark (2013), The Carrie Diaries (2013) and the Continuim (2012). She was cast in a starring role in the third season of the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman (2015) as the new love interest of Josh (Jay Baruchel).
Shum and Findlay will play siblings Brendan and Sydney Winter. Sydney is described as ambitious, caring and awkward and a type-A personality who takes over her father’s architecture firm. Brendan is a self-centered world traveler who is good at getting by on his father’s money and is often the voice of reason.
Queen, Mayer, Paul Weitz and Melvin Mar executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios.