The US remake of The Slap, based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas, is coming to Lifetime this May.
The mini-series features an all-star cast including Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), Thandie Newton (Crash), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Melissa George (30 Days of Night), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) and Brian Cox (X-Men 2).
Meet Hector (Sarsgaard), a public servant, husband, father and valued friend on the cusp of his 40th birthday. Meet Aisha (Newton), Hector’s beautiful and intelligent wife who is planning his party filled with friends and his very boisterous Greek family. Sounds like the makings of a great day, right? Wrong.
As Hector tries to navigate family politics, awkward friendships and the young woman he is dangerously captivated by, the built-up tension explodes when Hector’s hot-headed cousin slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.
Everyone is understandably stunned, and the party abruptly ends with the child’s parents vowing legal action. What the hosts and guests don’t know, however, is that this moment will ignite a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family, and vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved.
The Slap is from writer-executive producer Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters), executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, the Men in Black franchise) and director (pilot only) and executive producer Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right, Olive Kitteridge).
The Slap premieres exclusively on Lifetime on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 10pm (Sky 156 / Virgin 208 / Talk Talk 329 / BT 329).