BBC One’s just announced adaptation of Sadie Jones’ novel The Outcast has found its lead.
George MacKay is set to star in the two-part drama, which is being described as “a deeply romantic, uncomfortably honest coming-of-age story set in booming post-war Britain”. He will play Lewis, the protagonist of the story. This represents a rare television role for MacKay, who is repped by Gordon & French. His previous TV credits include Birdsong and Best of Men.
The Outcast tells the story of Lewis (MacKay), a 10 year old boy who mother suddenly dies leaving him alone with a father who he barely knows. When his father remarries, Lewis relies on his friendship with neighbouring children Tamsin and Kit, whose father is not all he seems. Tamsin and Kit negotiate a safe childhood whilst a grief-stricken Lewis sets about destroying his. All but abandoned by his father, events in Lewis’s teenage years begin to spiral out of control and take him further and further away from the help that he needs.
In addition to George MacKay, Hattie Morahan (The Bletchley Circle), Greg Wise (Sense And Sensibility), Jessica Brown Findlay (Jamaica Inn), Daisy Bevan (The Two Faces of January), Jessica Barden (Far From The Madding Crowd) and Nathaniel Parker (Stardust) have also been joined the drama. Hattie Morahan has been cast as Elizabeth, Lewis’ mother; Greg Wise as Gilbert, Lewis’ father; Jessica Brown Findlay as Alice, Gilbert’s second wife; Daisy Bevan as Tamsin; Jessica Barden as Kit and Nathaniel Parker as Dicky, Tamsin and Kit’s father.
The two-parter was adapted by original author Sadie Jones and is being directed by The Wings of the Dove helmer Iain Softley. Blueprint Pictures is producing, marking the company’s first foray into television. Celia Duval is set as the producer, while Christine Langan, Beth Pattinson and Pete Czernin are serving as the executive producers. Production on The Outcast is now underway in Buckinghamshire for a 2015 premiere.