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Samantha Morton, John Hurt to Star in ‘The Last Panthers’

LONDON – Samantha Morton, John Hurt and Tahar Rahim will topline the cast of six-part crime drama “The Last Panthers,” which has been greenlit by U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB and French counterpart Canal Plus.

The series opens with a diamond heist before plunging into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and crooked moneymen — “banksters” — now rules.

Morton plays Naomi, a British loss adjustor charged with recovering the stolen diamonds whatever the cost, while Hurt is Tom, her nefarious boss. Also in pursuit is a French-Algerian policeman Khalil, played by Rahim.

The series is produced by Peter Carlton of Warp Films, and Caroline Benjo and Jimmy Desmarais of Haut et Court. It is based on an idea by French journalist Jerome Pierrat, and the screenplay is from Jack Thorne (“Skins”).

The series will be directed by Johan Renck, whose credits include “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Bates Motel.” Filming will start on Oct. 27 with four key shooting locations: London, Marseilles, Belgrade and Montenegro.

Worldwide distribution is being handled by Tandem and Sky Vision.

Fox-owned pay TV service Sky Deutschland will air the series in Germany.

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