BBC America and BBC Two are co-producing a five-part miniseries, London Spy, created by the bestselling author of Child 44, Tom Rob Smith.
The tale of an innocent drawn into the world of espionage will star Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), Oscar®-winner Jim Broadbent Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter), Charlotte Rampling (Restless) and Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall).
London Spy is directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge) and slated for an April, 2015 premiere. Details follow the jump.
Jane Campion may not have cornered the market on melancholy, but she has definitely shown both a mastery of and a predilection for films that showcase that mood/tone. With Bright Star, however, she infuses the tragic love of Romantic poet John Keats [Ben Whishaw] and Fanny Brawne [Abbie Cornish] with the kind of wit, humor and charm that one expects from a Joe White [Pride & Prejudice].
Keats died at the age of twenty-five, thinking he was a failure, though he is now considered one of – if not the greatest of the Romantic poets. He met Brawne during a fallow period in his writing and, as their mutual attraction grew into love, he regained his creativity. Bright Star is the title of a poem that was, very specifically, about her.