CANNES — British actors David Harewood, Tobias Menzies, Neil Morrissey and Katherine Kelly have joined the cast of AMC and the BBC’s television adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel “The Night Manager,” which started filming last month.
They join previously announced thesps Hugh Laurie (“House”), Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”), Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), and director Susanne Bier (“In a Better World”).
Harewood is best known for his role in “Homeland,” while Morrissey was recently featured in “Line of Duty.” Kelly starred in two seasons of British drama “Mr. Selfridge,” and Menzies has made a name for himself in “Outlander,” “The Honorable Woman” and “Game of Thrones.”
Other names to appear in the espionage drama include Adeel Akhtar (“Utopia”), Natasha Little (“Wolf Hall”), Jonathan Aris (“Sherlock”) and Hannah Steele (“Wolf Hall”).
A contemporary interpretation of Le Carre’s 1993 novel, “The Night Manager” miniseries will “bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality.” The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.
“The Night Manager” was translated into over 20 languages and sold over a million copies in North America alone.
The miniseries will be produced by the Ink Factory (“A Most Wanted Man”), BBC One and AMC for broadcast in 2016. Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for the Ink Factory, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill for the BBC. It was adapted by David Farr (“Hanna,” “Spooks”). Rob Bullock (“The Suspicions of Mr Whicher,” “Chasing Shadows”) will produce for the Ink Factory.