Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn to Star in ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross’ ‘Hard Sun’
Happy new year Jim fans! We have a new project originally announced by the BBC:
Hard Sun is a new six-hour drama written by internationally-acclaimed, Bafta and Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross, creator of Luther.
The series is produced by Euston Films. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations) is the lead director with Hugh Warren (Thirteen, Call The Midwife) producing the series. The executive producers are Kate Harwood for Euston Films and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One.
Filming in London will start later this month to transmit later in 2017.
Writer Neil Cross and others provided details when the project commission was announced:
Cross said: “Imagine the world you see when you look out your window… except it’s been given a death sentence. This isn’t science fiction. This is the real world. There’s no hero to come save us; no contingency plan. We’ve got five years. This is the world of ‘Hard Sun’… and the world of Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks. What’s it like, trying to keep order, trying to enforce the law in a city that, day by day, slips closer to certain destruction?”
Polly Hill, controller of BBC drama commissioning, said: “Neil has written a crime series that is bold, ambitious, relevant and dark but it’s also very moving and told through complex extraordinary characters. It’s brilliantly written and very exciting.”
Harwood, managing director of Euston Films, added: “We are delighted and proud that the first commission for a rebooted Euston Films is a Neil Cross project of such scale and nerve. The concept of ‘Hard Sun’ is characteristically bold, richly peopled and of course deliciously scary. We can’t wait to get started.”
“I am very excited to be playing Hicks in this wonderful project. To work with Neil’s fantastic writing is a great opportunity and I hope we are going to create an amazing experience for our audience. I can’t wait to get started!”
According to Hollywood Reporter the show will also land at Hulu:
The six-episode Hard Sun, originally commissioned by BBC One in December 2015, will now be a Hulu original in association with the BBC.
Set in contemporary London, Hard Sun centers on detectives Robert Hicks (Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Deyn), partners and enemies who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. Hicks is a family man and a great, committed officer. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Renko is a difficult and damaged, but utterly incorruptible officer. Thus, the two cops stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum and also seriously distrust one other – and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world.
Lastly, a reminder posting of Jim’s ‘Around The World’ segment for CNN International that was released around the holiday. Don’t miss it!