Gracepoint trailer released: US version of Broadchurch looks pointlessly similar


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The trailer for Gracepoint, the US version of Broadchurch, has been released – and fans may be surprised to see how faithful the American equivalent has kept to the ITV original.

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David Tennant stars with an American accent as ‘Detective Emmett Carver’ alongside Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn, who replaces Olivia Colman as Detective Ellie Miller.

The trailer begins in exactly the same way as the original series, with Beth Latimer running in a similar red outfit through a traffic jam to discover her son Danny has been found dead.

The landscape of the fictional Californian seaside town is also strikingly similar to the Dorset coastline, and comes complete with an elderly Jack Marshall-type character and a sinister Susan Wright, played by Pauline Quirke in the original.

The trailer is so similar to Broadchurch, it does make you wonder why FOX felt the need to spend millions of dollars on an American version that is essentially the same as the ITV original.

But there will at least be one difference – other than a ‘pretty blonde’ actress drafted in to play Olivia Colman’s role.

The ending has been re-written by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, which could mean there will be a different killer altogether.

See the similarities below:

David Tennant as DI Alec Harding in ITV's Broadchurch

David Tennant as Detective Emmett Carver in Gracepoint


David Tennant and Olivia Colman star in Broadchurch

Anna Gunn and David Tennant in Gracepoint


Pauline Quirke plays the sinister Susan Wright in Broadchurch

Jacki Weaver plays Quirke's character in Gracepoint


David Bradley plays sea cadet leader Jack Marshall in Broadchurch

Jack Reinhold in Gracepoint


Beth Latimer running on the beach in Broadchurch

Virgina Kull as Beth Latimer in Gracepoint

Gracepoint airs in the US on FOX later this year, with a UK date to follow.