BBC AMERICA today released a first-look picture of Ben Whishaw (The Hour, Skyfall, Bright Star) in five-part miniseries London Spy. Created by acclaimed best-selling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) and directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge), the original miniseries is a BBC AMERICA and BBC Two co-production and is produced by Working Title Television.
London Spy is a gripping, contemporary, emotional thriller – the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds – one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.
Danny (Whishaw) – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex is found dead. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
The cast includes Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Harry Potter), Emmy-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling OBE (Broadchurch, Restless), and newcomer Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall, Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Alex.
Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and has been turned into a movie with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, produced by Ridley Scott, scheduled for release in April 2015.