Jamie Dornan & Hugo Weaving Join Cast Of BBC One Mystery Thriller ‘The Tourist’
Jamie Dornan and Hugo Weaving have joined the cast of ‘The Tourist‘, a new mystery thriller from Emmy and Golden Globe-winning production company Two Brothers Pictures (‘Baptiste’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Fleabag’), and Harry and Jack Williams, the duo behind hits such as ‘The Missing’, ‘Baptiste’, and ‘Liar’.
Dornan (‘A Private War’, ‘The Fall’, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’) stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat-and-mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.
“The Tourist are some of the most exciting scripts I’ve ever read,” comments Dornan. “I can’t wait to go to Australia with such a talented group of people.”
Joining Dornan are Danielle Macdonald (‘Unbelievable’, ‘Dumplin’’, ‘Patti Cakes’) as Helen Chambers, a fledgeling Probationary Constable, and Shalom Brune-Franklin (‘Line Of Duty’, ‘Roadkill’) is set to play Luci, a waitress who’s swept into The Man’s journey for answers. Hugo Weaving (‘The Lord Of The Rings’, ‘Patrick Melrose’) plays Agent Lachlan Rogers, one of the most highly regarded detective inspectors in Australia, leading Major Crime for the state police.
“I’m very excited to be slipping into the skin of one of the fabulously idiosyncratic characters who people the desert landscape of The Tourist,” comments Weaving. “The scripts are wonderful. Dark and shocking, surprising and hilarious and always very human. This is a tonally uniquely project and should be an unforgettable ride and shoot for us all.”
Full of shocking, surprising, funny and brutal turns, ‘The Tourist’ is set in a world populated by quirky, enigmatic characters and off-beat black comedy punctuates high-stakes action. At its heart however, is a story of self-discovery with a ticking timebomb underneath: as The Man starts to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now – and fast. Will he unlock the secrets of his identify before those who are trying to kill him catch up with him?
“We’re hugely excited about this show,” add Harry and Jack Williams, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures. “It’s tonally breaking new ground for us, and having Jamie Dornan on board is the icing on the Australian cake. We’re thrilled to be working with Chris Sweeney again as well as the BBC, HBO Max and Stan.”
‘The Tourist’ is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for the BBC and written by Jack and Harry Williams in association with Highview Productions, All3Media International and the South Australian Film Corporation. Commissioned last year by BBC One in association with Stan, the Australian co-commissioning partner, HBO MAX is also confirmed as the US broadcaster and ZDF as the German broadcaster.
The 6×60 drama has been written by Bafta-nominated and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (‘Baptiste’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Lair’), who alongside Christopher Aird (‘Baptiste’, ‘Liar’, ‘Clique’) and Andrew Benson will serve as executive producers for Two Brothers Pictures and Tommy Bulfin (‘Normal People’, ‘Line Of Duty’, ‘Peaky Blinders’) for the BBC. Lisa Scott (‘A Sunburnt Christmas’, ‘The Hunting’) will produce and Chris Sweeney (‘Liar’, ‘Back To Life’) will executive produce and direct.
‘The Tourist‘ is set to begin filming this year in Australia.
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