James Norton joins new BBC drama, McMafia

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James_Norton-large_trans++qVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8James Norton’s star is unarguably at its highest at the moment. Grantchester and Happy Valley laid the foundations, and War And Peace propelled him into the stratosphere to the extent that he was, and still is, being talked about as the next Bond. He’s a good-looking boy, of that there is no doubt, and he’s a good young actor too. I hate him. Now, we hear that The Golden One has signed on for an intriguing-sounding BBC drama that will test his range even further.

Inspired by Misha Glenny’s bestselling book McMafia, is a hard-hitting look at global crime and its far-reaching influence. Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black) have created an international crime drama that centres around one family in London.

James Watkins has confirmed he will direct all episodes for the eight-part series.

Norton will play the lead, Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca. But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is drawn into the criminal world and forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.McMafia charts Alex’s journey through a terrifying labyrinth of international criminals, money launderers, corrupt politicians and ruthless intelligence agencies. He soon finds himself embroiled in an underworld that stretches from London to Moscow, Dubai to Mumbai, Africa to the Americas; a battleground where Mexican cocaine cartels compete with Pakistani drug lords, Balkan smugglers and the Russian Mafia itself. What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself.

McMafia charts Alex’s journey through a terrifying labyrinth of international criminals, money launderers, corrupt politicians and ruthless intelligence agencies. He soon finds himself embroiled in an underworld that stretches from London to Moscow, Dubai to Mumbai, Africa to the Americas; a battleground where Mexican cocaine cartels compete with Pakistani drug lords, Balkan smugglers and the Russian Mafia itself. What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself.

This fast-paced thriller is epic and intimate, glamorous and gritty, global in scale and forensic in detail. It delves into how, with the rise of globalization, the corporate has become criminal and the criminal corporate and how, driven by the global demand for cheap products, everyone is complicit in some way.

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