Doctor Who alum David Tennant has been tapped to topline Fox’s upcoming adaptation of ITV’s drama series Broadchurch, TVWise has confirmed.
Tennant, who was the co-lead alongside Olivia Colman in ITV’s Broadchurch, has been cast as the lead detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a child in a small town in the United States, TV Guide Magazine initially reported. The adaptation, which was first announced in May, is one of three event series that Fox is producing as they move back into longform; with the other two being 24: Live Another Day and Wayward Pines
Set in an American town, Broadchurch follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy. Kudos Film & TV and sister company Shine America are producing, with Carolyn Bernstein and Jane Featherston serving as executive producers. Chris Chibnall, who created the original series, will also executive produce and pen the premiere episode. Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman are on-board as executive producers/showrunners.