Clarkson in Elegy. (Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Actress Patricia Clarkson has done her share of television; heck, before breaking through as a film actress in the late 1990s, she even co-starred in a network legal drama, the short-lived, ahead-of-its-time Murder One. But the small-screen part of her career is almost entirely defined by one Emmy-winning guest star role: Sarah O’Connor, the Vicodin-addicted “cool aunt” she portrayed on seven episodes of HBO’s Six Feet Under.

Clarkson will be returning to the premium cable network for an eight-episode miniseries based on Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, Sharp Objects. The series has been in the works since before the release of the David Fincher-directed Flynn adaptation Gone Girl. HBO is said to have outbid Netflix for the project last year.

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As Deadline reports, Clarkson will be playing the estranged, wealthy mother of the central character, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a journalist who returns to her tiny Missouri hometown to report on the murders of two preteen girls. If you’re wondering how an actress in her mid-50s is supposed to play the mother of an actress in her early 40s, the answer is that this is the entertainment industry, where the two stages of a woman’s adult life come down to “young enough for a pregnancy-scare plot line“ and “old enough to have inexplicably grown-ass children.“

Anyway, happy International Women’s Day. UnREAL co-creator Marti Noxon will serve as Sharp Objects’ executive producer, while Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Demolition) is set to direct all of the episodes.