The Governor is keeping busy. After recently starring in BBC One’s two-part romantic drama The 7.39, David Morrissey has landed a role in another BBC drama serial. The Walking Dead alum has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming three-part drama The Driver, which hails from Danny Brocklehurst, Jim Poyser and Red Production Company.
Morrissey has been cast as taxi driver Vince Mckee, an ordinary man who, because of family mystery, frustration with his job and his life, makes a terrible decision In addition, Claudie Blakeley (What Remains), Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Colm Meaney (Hell On Wheels), Ian Hart (Rogue), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion), Lee Ross (EastEnders), Harish Patel (Mr Stink) and Leanne Best (Ripper Street) have also been cast in the drama.
Created by Danny Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser, The Driver tells the story of Vince (David Morrissey) who, following a family mystery, blames himself and his inadequacies and, out of this crisis, he accepts an offer to start driving for a criminal gang. The drama is ultimately a redemptive story about a man who, under incredible circumstances, gets a second chance. The three-part drama is produced by Red Production Company and Highfield Pictures with Jolyon Simmonds serving as the series producer and Morrissey, Nicola Shindler and Polly Hill serving as executive producers. The Hour helmer Jamie Payne is attached to direct. Production is slated to commence in Manchester later this month, with BBC One eyeing a 2014 premiere.
“The Driver is a gripping tale of an ordinary life turned upside down and it’s wonderful to announce David Morrissey returning to BBC One after his fine performance in this week’s critically acclaimed hit The 7.39″, said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.
While lead actor and executive producer David Morrissey added: “I am very excited to be staring in The Driver and to be working with such a great cast, which includes Ian Hart, Colm Meaney and Claudie Blakley. It is the first production with my own production company, Highfield Pictures alongside RED Production Company up in Manchester. Written by Danny Brocklehurst, it is the story of a mini cab driver who tries to turn his life around with the help of an old friend. Needless to say, things don’t go exactly according to plan!”