Paul Rhys (Borgia), Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek) and Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) have joined the cast of ABC’s upcoming 8 episode limited series The Assets, TVWise has learned.
Rhys has been cast as Aldrich Ames; Milligan as Paul Redmond; and Ovenden as Gary Grimes. The news of the trio joining The Assets comes after TVWise previously broke the news that that Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK), Christina Cole (Chaos), Jodie Whittaker (The Smoke), Ralph Brown (Dallas) and John Lynch (The Fall) have also been cast in the series.
Based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, The Assets is an eight-part limited series based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). The year 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole who would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions are producing the drama with Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman serving as executive producers. The directors are Peter Medak, Trygve Diesen and Jeff T. Thomas.