As you may have read previously, David Bowie was inspired to write “Blackstar,” the first single & title track off of his last album, after screening a cut of “The Last Panthers,” and the song serves as the main title for the breathtaking crime drama. Additionally, Johan Renck, who directed all six episodes of “The Last Panthers,” directed Bowie’s music video for “Blackstar.”
“The Last Panthers” centers around an audacious jewelry heist in Marseilles, with all the trademarks of the infamous and recently dormant ‘Pink Panthers’ gang. The six-episode limited series stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, In America), French César Award winner Tahar Rahim (A Prophet), Croatian-born actor Goran Bogdan (Number 55), and BAFTA and Golden Globe® winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Hurt (The Elephant Man, Midnight Express).
“The Last Panthers,” is based on the work of French journalist Jérôme Pierrat, who has investigated organized crime in France for years. The series is co-created and written by the award-winning writer Jack Thorne (“The Fades,” “This Is England”). “The Last Panthers,” shot in four countries – the UK, France, Serbia and Montenegro – in three languages, is directed by Johan Renck (“Bloodline,” “Breaking Bad”) and executive produced by Caroline Benjo (“The Returned”) and Jimmy Desmarais (“The Returned”) of Haut et Court, Peter Carlton (“This Is England”) of Warp Films, Johan Renck and Jack Thorne.