The cast has been announced for BBC One’s SS-GB, based on the novel by Len Deighton.
Set in Nazi-occupied London, the five-part drama is based on the premise that the Germans won the Battle of Britain.
SS-GB is adapted by writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who have co-written scripts for six James Bond films (The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre).
British actor Sam Riley (Control, Maleficent) will play Detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself working under the brutal SS in occupied London. When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, ‘Archer of the Yard’ is dragged into a much darker and treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war.
Riley commented: “Archer is a compelling and complex character. He is a good guy struggling to reconcile his job as a policeman within the repressive Nazi machine. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written a gripping screenplay that pays homage to Len Deighton’s novel. I am very much looking forward to working with this talented team.”
Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) will play American journalist Barbara Barga, who becomes inextricably linked with the murder case that Archer is investigating.
Bosworth added: “I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of this incredible team, bringing an iconic novel to the screen.”
The series is described as “a dark and intricate story of moral ambiguity” that “poses the question of what you would do if faced with the choice of collaboration or joining a brutal resistance.”
The cast also includes Jason Flemyng (The Missing), James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones), Aneurin Barnard (Cilla), Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road) and German actor Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds).
Directed by Philipp Kadelbach, marking his first move into English-language TV series, SS-GB will air on BBC One later in 2016.
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