Following an injury he sustained to his leg, David Gyasi is exiting the cast of the upcoming BBC One drama series The Interceptor, TVWise has learned.
Penned by former Strike Back showrunner Tony Saint, The Interceptor follows a state of the art law enforcement team, known as UNIT, whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. The series is produced by BBC Drama Production in association with BBC Worldwide with Sarah Brown serving as executive producer and Luther helmer Farren Blackburn attached to direct. Cameron Addicott, whose memoir forms the basis for the series, serves as a technical consultant. Production will re-commence next month in London.
David Gyasi had been set as the lead in project; playing the part of Ash, whose dream of bringing down the biggest fish in the criminal underworld comes a step closer when he’s recruited to the UNIT. With Gyasi now departing the role, Looking alum O-T Fagbenle (pictured, left) has been drafted in and will assume the role. He joins a cast which also includes Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Robert Lonsdale (From Here To Eternity), Ewan Stewart (Titanic), Lorraine Ashbourne (Playing The Field), Anna Skellern (Heading Out), Gary Beadle (EastEnders) and Lee Boardman (Da Vinci’s Demons).
“We’re incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor. He’s a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future”, said Kate Harwood, Head of BBC Drama Production, England. “In the meantime, we’re delighted that O.T. Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board.”
David Gyasi commented: “I’m very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future. The Interceptor team have been wonderful to work with and I wish them and O-T the very best of luck with the production.”
While O.T. Fagbenle added: “I’ve admired David Gyasi since meeting him, he’s an incredible talent and beautiful person. It’s an honour to take over from him. I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful BBC production.”