Julia Stiles to lead US remake of Israeli drama

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles

Hollywood actress Julia Stiles has been cast as the lead in an adaptation of an Israeli series about a mystery at a secretive commune.

Timrot Ashan is the latest in a growing list of Israeli programmes to be given a US makeover, following in the footsteps of Homeland – based on the series Hatufim – and In Treatment (formerly BeTipul).

According to industry website Deadline, Ms Stiles, best known for starring opposite Heath Ledger in Ten Things I Hate About You, will play Leah Kafka, an FBI agent seeking to untangle a conspiracy at a commune in Alaska.

The Israeli original, the title of which translates as "Pillars of Smoke" first aired in 2009. It follows the mysterious disappearances of members of a cult based at a Golan Heights kibbutz. It has been described as "Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure meets Lost".

Last updated: 3:57pm, October 23 2012