BBC Three and BBC America have found the leads their upcoming co-production Tatau.
Joe Layton (New Worlds) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (Silk) have been set as the co-leads in the 8 episode supernatural series, which hails from Strike Back scribe Richard Zajdlic, TVWise has learned.
Tatau follows Kyle Connor and Paul Griffths, two 20-something friends from London who are travelling the world, eventually destined to wind up in the Cook Islands. Kyle is so excited about their eventual destination that he has gotten a Maori-style tattoo. When they arrive on the island, Kyle finds the body of a dead girl. But when he returns with the police, the body is gone and Kyle soon realises that he can see into the future and the murder hasn’t happened yet. With the help of his friend Paul he sets out to stop the crime before it occurs.
Joe Layton will play Kyle Connor, a role he described as while Theo Barklem-Biggs will take on the role of Paul ‘Budgie’ Griffiths. Rounding out the cast of Tatau is Barry Atsma, Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White and Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this original British drama. With such a talented production team behind it I can’t wait to help bring Richard’s fantastic scripts to life”, said Joe Layton.
While Theo Barklem-Biggs added: “I’m so excited to be a part of this unique project. The script is based on real Maori mythology, it has everything in it – romance, comedy, smuggling, mystery. I’m also really looking forward to working with such a great team – everyone from the producers to the directors, right down to the cast are spot on. Not to mention we’re filming in paradise!”
The eight episode drama was created by Richard Zajdlic, who has written rather extensively for the Cinemax and Sky1 co-production Strike Back, which just re-started production on its final season. Zodiak Media’s Touchpaper Television and South Pacific Pictures are producing in association with BBC America, with John Rushton serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Richard Zajdlic, Rob Pursey, John Barnett, Chris Bailey and Matthew Read; while Wayne Yip is attached to direct. Production is now underway in the Cook Islands and New Zealand for a 2015 premiere.