Charlie Hunnam Returns To TV In Apple’s Adaptation Of Gregory David Roberts Novel ‘Shantaram’

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16 Sep 19

Charlie Hunnam Returns To TV In Apple’s Adaptation Of Gregory David Roberts Novel ‘Shantaram’

‘Sons Of Anarchy’ star Charlie Hunnam is returning to the small screen in the Apple TV+ adaptation of Gregory David Roberts novel Shantaram it has been announced.

The 2003 novel tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.

Since leaving his role as Jax Teller, Hunnam has been appearing in movies such as ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, ‘Papillon’, and ‘Jungleland’. This marks his first return to a tv project since ‘Sons of Anarchy’. He is next due to appear in 2020 film ‘The Gentlemen’ which re-teams him with ‘King Arthur’ director Guy Ritchie.

According to Deadline, who broke the news, the adaption is being written by ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ scribe Eric Warren Singer, with Justin Kurzel (‘Assassin’s Creed’) set to direct the first two episodes, and Dave Erickson (‘Fear the Walking Dead’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’) set as showrunner. The series is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. Singer, Kurzel and Erickson exec produce alongside Steve Golin for Anonymous, Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.

The original novel, which has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide and sold six million copies, has been a hot property amongst production companies for a while. A number of attempts have been made to bring it to the big screen by studios such as Warner Bros and the actor/producers Russell Crowe and Johnny Depp, but none of them made it past planning.

The ten-episode series of Shantaram is expected to begin filming in Australia and India from October 2019.