Jack O’Connell (Skins, Godless) has been set as the lead in The North Water, BBC Two’s four-part adaptation of the novel by Ian McGuire. He joins previously announced main cast member Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, True Detective). O’Connell is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant, CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
The North Water is set in the UK and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s and tells the story of Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax (Farrell), the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.
The four-part series, which consists of three hour-long episodes and one ninety-minute episode, is being penned by Andrew Haigh. The North Water is being produced for BBC Two by See-Saw Films. Rhombus Media are co-producing. Kate Ogborn is the series producer. The executive producers are Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for See-Saw Films, Niv Fichman for Rhombus Media and Lucy Richer for the BBC. BBC Studios will handle global sales. Production on the series is set to get underway this autumn. BBC Studios will handle global sales.