David Costabile (Suits, Billions), Amy Landecker (Transparent, Doctor Strange) and Matt Lauria (Shaft, Kingdom, Traitors) have joined the cast of Sky Atlantic’s 1950s period drama Little Birds.
They join previously announced cast members Juno Temple (Dirty John), Yumna Marwan (One of These Days), Raphael Acloque (24: Legacy), Hugh Skinner (W1A), Rossy De Palma (Broken Embraces), Nina Sosanya (Marcella) and Jean-Marc Barr (The Cellar).
Little Birds is set in Tangier in 1955, in the famous ‘international zone’ – one of the last outposts of colonial decadence, and a culture shock in more ways than one for troubled American debutante Lucy Savage. Lucy desires an unconventional life free from the society cage she’s been kept in and, along with Tangier itself, finds herself on the cusp of achieving a painful yet necessary independence.
David Costabile plays Grant Savage, Lucy’s larger than life father who is an an arms manufacturer who wants to control his daughter, his wife and the world he lives in; Amy Landecker has been cast as Vanessa, Grant’s loquacious wife; and Matt Lauria has been set as Bill, a bartender and bohemian artist.
Bill works in neighbourhood nightclub El Sirocco and soon becomes a confidante of both Lucy and Hugo. Although he is not what he seems and his flirtation and the hand of friendship offered to Lucy and Hugo is very much a cover for some more nefarious motivations.
The six episode series, which was inspired by Anais Nin’s book and created for television by Sophia Al-Maria, is produced by Warp Productions. Ruth McCance, Peter Carlton, Mark Herbert and Kara Manley serve as executive producers. Stacie Passon (Billions, House of Cards) is the director. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle international sales. It was commissioned by Sky’s Director of Drama Cameron Roach and Sky UK & Ireland Director of Programmes Zai Bennett. Little Birds is set to air on Sky Atlantic in 2020.