BBC Two has locked down the core cast for London Spy.
Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall), Charlotte Rampling (Dexter) and Jim Broadbent (The Great Train Robbery) have signed on to co-star opposite Ben Whishaw in the 5 episode espionage drama which just started filming in London, TVWise has learned.
From Tom Rob Smith and Working Title Television, London Spy tells the story of Danny (Ben Whishaw), a young gay spy who is somewhat ill-equipped for the game of espionage. The MI6 officer soon falls in love with the Alex, but when he disappears Danny must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
Edward Holcroft will play Alex, Danny’s anti-social and enigmatic love interest; Charlotte Rampling will portray Frances, a figure from deep within the traditions of British espionage; while Jim Broadbent has been cast in the drama, which is being helmed by The Fall director Jakob Verbruggen, as Scottie, Danny’s (Ben Whishaw) close confidant.
“Working Title couldn’t be more proud to be producing this captivating drama”, said Working Title Television’s Juliette Howell, who executive produces alongside Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Poly Hill. “Incredible scripts, a hugely gifted director and a world-class cast; London Spy exudes quality through and through.”
While the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama Poly Hill added: “It’s a testament to Tom’s wonderful scripts, that they have attracted such an incredible cast. Together with Jakob directing, this is an exciting team which promises to make London Spy an unmissable drama for BBC Two.”