Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie-Led The Night Manager Has Date With AMC and BBCOne

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Back in October, we reported that the lead cast had been announced for The Night Manager, TV adaptation of John le Carré’s novel of the same name.

Yesterday via Twitter, BBC One announced that filming will begin in the (Northern) Spring  of 2015.

The TV mini-series will star British actors Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

The Night Manager is an espionage novel, published in 1993, and tells the story of a British ex-soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston), who works as the night auditor of a luxurious hotel.  Pine comes across a woman called Sophie who has documents which incriminate Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), a black market arms dealer.

When she is found dead, Pine goes undercover to expose Roper and avenge Sophie’s death.

In the AMC press release Hugh Laurie was quoted as saying: “I loved The Night Manager when it was published, and for more than 20 years have yearned to see it realised on screen; I am now thrilled and honoured to have the frontest of front row seats. All the moving parts are finely machined – we just have to not mess it up.”

I highly doubt that with not only the stellar leads but good solid team bringing it to life, the script has been adapted by adapted by David Farr, who was responsible for one my favourite spy drama’s SPOOKS.

Tom Hiddleston announced through the press release “I could not be more excited to join BBC One, The Ink Factory and AMC for The Night Manager. Jonathan Pine is a thrilling prospect. Described by John le Carré as a ‘sometime army wolfchild with a special unit’ in the British forces, ‘caterer, chef, itinerant hotelier, perpetual escapee from emotional entanglements, collector of other people’s languages, self-exiled creature of the night and sailor without a destination,’ Jonathan Pine is the most mysterious and complex kind of British hero. I’m beyond thrilled and I can’t wait.”

The series will also mark the return to television screens for both Laurie and Hiddleston’s – the former’s lead role in House and the latter’s appearance in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown.

Laurie was recently cast in HBO political drama Veep for its fourth season

Hiddleston’s forthcoming films include Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light and Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the JG Ballard novel High-Rise.

The series will be Shown across the USA and Canada on AMC network and of course, BBC one in the UK.

 

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