Christian Cooke (Magic City), Charlotte Spencer (Line Of Duty), Peter Mullan (Top of The Lake), Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York) and Sharon Small (Mistresses) have been cast in BBC Two’s two-part drama Stonemouth, TVWise has learned.
An adaptation of the Iain Banks novel of the same name, Stonemouth is a rite of passage tale set in the fictional Aberdeenshire village of Stonemouth which follows Stewart Gilmour, who returns to the village for his best friend’s funeral. Run out of town a year earlier by his girlfriend’s family, Stewart is forced to face up to his own past whilst uncovering the sinister truth behind his friend’s apparent suicide.
Christian Cooke has been cast as lead character Stewart Gilmour; Charlotte Spencer as Ellie Murston; Peter Mullan as Don, Ellie’s father and the no-nonsense head of Stonemouth’s most notorious criminal family; Gary Lewis as local businessman Mike MacAvett; and Sharon Small as Connie, wife and Ellie’s mother. Rounding out the cast is Brian Gleeson, Joy McAvoy, Adam Robertson, Kevin Mains, Jack Greenless, Gerard Miller, Gilly Gilchrist, Chris Fulton and Naomi Battrick.
Stonemouth is the first Iain Banks adaptation since the author passed away last year. It was penned by Prime Suspect scribe David Kane and is being produced by BBC Scotland and Slate North. Wallander helmer Charles Martin is directing, while Christopher Aird and Andrea Calderwood are serving as executive producers. Production begin this month in Scotland for a 2015 premiere.
“I am so pleased some of the best acting talent in the country will be appearing in Stonemouth”, said BBC Scotland’s Christopher Aird. “The scripts are really strong and we are very excited to be bringing Iain Banks’ novel to the screen in 2015.”