EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two and Slim Film & Television have found the lead actor for their upcoming 90 minute drama Legacy. My sources are telling me that Charlie Cox has been cast in the drama as Charles Thoroughgood, a former military officer turned recent MI6 recruit. Cox, repped by United Agents, has appeared in numerous high profile dramas including HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and more recently he had a leading role in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, which was passed on by network just ahead of the upfronts this past May.
Based on the Alan Judd novel of the same name and developed for television by The Politician’s Husband scribe Paula Milne, Legacy has been described as a gripping espionage thriller set during the height of the Cold War in 1970s London, The drama follows Charles Thoroughgood, a recent MI6 recruit who discovers the disturbing truth about his father’s complex past. The drama, which is the first commission for the indie, is being produced by Slim Film & Television with Lucy Richer, Simon Crawford Collins, Paula Milne and Alan Judd serving as executive producers. Dredd helmer Pete Travis is attached to direct. BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution.