Stellan Skarsgård Cast As Lead In Abi Morgan’s BBC One Drama Series ‘River’

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Stellan Skarsgård is heading to the BBC.

The Swedish actor, whose list of credits include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Entourage, has been tapped to play the lead role in River, BBC One’s new six episode drama series from The Hour scribe Abi Morgan, TVWise has learned.

Created by Morgan, River follows John River (Stellan Skarsgård), a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind – a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift. Kudos Film & Television are producing, with Lucy Richer, Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin and Abi Morgan serving as executive producers.

Speaking at the time the series was commissioned back in September 2013, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore said: “River is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in. Abi’s one of Britain’s most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes River her perfect debut on BBC One.”