War & Peace star James Norton has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s eight episode McMafia adaptation, TVWise has learned.
“James Norton is at the top of his game and I know he will do justice to the riveting McMafia created by Hoss Amini and James Watkins”, the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore said in a statement.
McMafia follows a Russian family living in exile in London who are involved in global organised crime. The series reveals a web of connections that join up money launderers in Dubai to cyber criminals in India, black marketeers in Zagreb to narcos in Columbia. In this world, race, religion, colour and creed present no barriers when it comes to clinching a major deal.
Norton will play lead character Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca. But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves. His previous credits include Grantchester, Happy Valley, Life In Squares and Death Comes To Pemberley.
Inspired by Misha Glenny’s book of the same name, which explores global crime and its far reaching influence,McMafia was created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, the latter of whom is attached to direct. The duo lead a writing team that also includes David Farr (The Night Manager), Peter Harness (Doctor Who) and Laurence Coriat (Wonderland). Cuba Pictures – the production division of leading literary and talent agency Curtis Brown – is producing with CEO Nick Marston serving as the executive producer alongside Cuba’s Dixie Linder, Ben Hall & Robyn Slovo and the BBC’s Matthew Read. Paul Ritchie is the series producer.