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‘Big Little Lies” Alexander Skarsgård Joins AMC, BBC Series ‘Little Drummer Girl’

Alexander Skarsgård Joins AMC, BBC Series
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Alexander Skarsgård has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming BBC One-AMC series “The Little Drummer Girl,” the networks announced Tuesday.

Based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, the six-part miniseries follows brilliant young actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) who strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker (Skarsgård), an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real’.

Skarsgård recently won an Emmy for his role in the acclaimed HBO limited series “Big Little Lies.” He is also known for his roles in the film “The Legend of Tarzan” and HBO’s “True Blood.” He will next be seen starring in Duncan Jones’ “Mute” opposite Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, and “The Aftermath,” starring opposite Keira Knightley.

Skarsgård is repped by CAA and attorneys Steve Warren and Gretchen Rush.

The series will be produced by AMC, BBC One, and The Ink Factory. Park Chan-wook, the writer and director of films like “Old Boy” and “The Handmaiden,” will direct the series, marking his television debut. It is set to go into production in 2018. The series will be sold globally by Endeavor Content / IMG.

The series will be financed and produced by The Ink Factory in partnership with 127 Wall and co-producers the BBC and AMC. Laura Hastings-Smith will serve as producer with Simon and Stephen Cornwell serving as executive producers alongside John le Carré, Mona Qureshi for the BBC, Joe Tsai and Arthur Wang for 127 Wall, and Wonjo Jeong.

This will be the latest adapation of le Carré’s work from AMC, BBC, and The Ink Factory. Previously, “The Night Manager” was adapted into an Emmy-winning six-episode miniseries starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Laurie. le Carré’s “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” is also being developed as a miniseries.