New drama series based on The Libertines in the works

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Lucie Barât is writing the new show, which has been inspired by the rise of her brother’s band in the early 00s…

A new TV series inspired by The Libertines has been officially revealed to be on the way via Zoë Rocha’s (Moone Boy) production company, RubyRock Pictures. The band’s lead singer, Carl Barât, is also producing the show – called The Heartless. News of the series first came to light back in May of this year, when Barât posted a casting call on Instagram.

Lucie Barât, Carl’s sister, is writing the series, based on her own memories of The Libertines’ highs and lows. Per Deadline‘s logline:

The Heartless is a semi-autobiographical snapshot of the British indie scene in early noughties London, inspired by creator Lucie Barât’s own experience of that time, and the journey of her brother’s band. With a soundtrack written by both Barâts, the series follows Sally, who returns to the UK after a year in Australia and finds herself thrust into the hedonistic, high intensity world of her childhood friends, siblings Asher, played by Death Comes to Pemberley’s Lewis Rainer and Anna, played by Harlots’ Hannah Dodd. Asher is in rising indie band The Heartless with volatile frontwoman Marion, played by Giri/Haji’s Ellie James. The group is on the cusp of making it big, but the chaotic trio are always one step away from tearing everything apart.”

“RubyRock Pictures is built on the foundation of the decade I have spent in this industry working with incredible creators like Stephen Fry, Chris O’Dowd, and Julian Fellowes making offbeat, funny, original television,” said Rocha in a statement. “I’m excited to be taking that to the next level under this new banner, and welcoming creatives like Lucie & Carl Barât to come and break the rules with me.”

More on The Heartless as it develops.