Maleficent and Control star Sam Riley to play the lead in new BBC Nazi thriller SS:GB

Actor is poised to sign up for the role of a policeman living in a Great Britain that lost the Second World War and is occupied by Hitler’s forces

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Sam Riley, best known for playing tragic Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in the film Control, is to play the lead in a new BBC thriller about an imagined Nazi takeover of the UK.

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He is poised to sign up to play Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer in SS:GB, a new five-part series based on Len Deighton’s book, RadioTimes.com understands.

Archer is called in to investigate a murder that sparks attention at the highest levels of the German government and sets the intrigue rolling. 

The drama has been written by Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the script for SS-GB, which is based on Len Deighton’s alternate history novel of the same name.

The pair said of the commission: “Len Deighton’s SS-GB is a brilliant tale of espionage that dares to think the unthinkable, and we are very excited to be adapting it for television.”

As well as Control, Riley will be familiar to fans of the Angelina Jolie fantasy Maleficent as the crow who transforms himself into Maleficent’s servant Diaval in the blockbuster.

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Filming on SS:GB starts later this year.