The Night Manager is becoming the sort of series that makes you rub your eyes in disbelief when you read the cast list. The BBC1 drama already boasts beloved Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman, the incomparable Hugh Laurie and the dazzling Tom Hiddleston. Oh and don’t forget Tom Hollander (Rev), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) and Jonathan Aris (Sherlock). Plus, Wolf Hall’s Hannah Steele and Natasha Little (Breathless). Need I go on?
But it turns out the casting agents have remained hard at work as today Homeland’s David Harewood, Line of Duty’s Neil Morrissey, Game of Thrones’ Tobias Menzies and Mr Selfridge’s Katherine Kelly have also been announced.
It’s unclear the nature of their roles at this stage, but they’re bound to be thrust into the middle of this thrilling espionage drama adapted from John le Carré’s 1993 novel of the same name.
It’s the first adaptation of the author’s work for more than 20 years and sees British Soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) recruited by an intelligence operative Burr (Colman) to infiltrate the secret arms trade. In order to succeed, Pine must himself become a criminal.
The Night Manager will be produced by The Ink Factory (A Most Wanted Man), for broadcast on BBC1 and AMC in 2016. Filming begun last month with several snaps already emerging online of Hiddleston and Laurie on set.