After months of rumours, BBC One has confirmed that Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) have been set as the leads in SS-GB, their upcoming five episode alternate-history drama series based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. Production gets underway this month for a 2016 premiere.
Based on the novel by Len Deighton, SS-GB is an alternate take on history set in the 1940s after the Germans won the Battle Of Britain, with London now under Nazi occupation. It follows Scotland Yard detective Archer who, while investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, must decide whether to join the resistance movement or effectively collaborate with the SS.
Sam Riley has been cast as series lead, Detective Douglas Arthur; while Kate Bosworth will play American journalist Barbara Barga, who becomes inextricably linked with the murder case that Archer is investigating. Rounding out the main cast is Jason Flemyng (The Missing), James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones), Aneurin Barnard (Cilla), Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road) and Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds).
Originally commissioned the better part of a year ago, SS-GB was developed for television by Skyfall scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who penned all five scripts. Sid Gentle Films are producing, with Patrick Schweitzer serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Lucy Richer.
In what will be his first English-language project, acclaimed German helmer Philipp Kadelbach has boarded SS-GB and will direct all five episodes. “I am extremely excited and lucky to be working with such a talented and international cast”, he said. “Together we are embarking on the enormous challenge of creating an enthralling and thought-provoking fictional world and I can’t wait to start.”