Sky Atlantic and Showtime have rounded out the cast for their co-production Guerrilla. Babou Ceesay (Getting On, Eye In The Sky), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, Spectre) and Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Common) have been cast opposite Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Immortals) and Idris Elba (Luther, Star Trek Beyond) in the 1970s period piece, TVWise has learned.
Guerrilla is described as a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history. It tells the story of Jas and Marcus, whose relationship and values are tested when they form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
Babou Ceesay, who was recently cast as Damilola Taylor’s father Richard Taylor OBE in BBC One’s one-off feature-length drama Our Loved Boy, has been cast as Marcus, a political activist who, with his partner Jas (Freid Pinto), quickly transforms into a hardened militant at war with a Special Branch unit dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Rory Kinnear and Daniel Mays have been cast as Pence and Cullen, members of Special Branch’s Black Power Desk.
Also joining the cast of the drama series is Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, NSFW) as Omega, who views herself as a leader within the black community; Denise Gough (People, The Duchess of Malfi) as the tough and fiery Fallon; Nathaniel Martello-White (Misfits, Trial and Retribution) as Dhari, an astute and charismatic radical; Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude) as Julian, a calm, cool character; and Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy) as Leroy, a rough-customer who is dedicated to the movement but also has his own policies.
“I have wanted to tell this story for many years and I feel a great sense of responsibility towards the people and era that we are portraying”, series creator and executive producer John Ridley said in a statement. “We have been given a rare opportunity to explore the kind of narrative that we do not usually see on television, and with the kinds of artisans who are not typically represented. I am extremely grateful and inspired by the brilliant and dedicated actors who have recently joined our team”.
Originally commissioned by Sky and Showtime back in April, Guerrilla hails from American Crime executive producer John Ridley, who is penning the majority of episodes and will also direct the opening two episodes and the finale. Fifty Fathoms and ABC Studios’ boutique division ABC Signature are producing, with Idris Elba, Patrick Spence, Katie Swinden, Tracy Underwood, Michael McDonald and John Ridley executive producing. Fortitude helmer Sam Miller is also attached to direct. Guerrilla is eyed for a 2017 premiere.