Last week we brought you news of Tom ‘Gianni Versace’ Rob Smith’s next project: an eight-part psychological thriller called MotherFatherSon for the BBC. The top-line news was that Richard Gere was to star alongside Helen McCrory, the US star’s first appearance on telly for a looooong time.
Now we hear that the cast has been fleshed out with more stellar names – one of them being Happy Valley and Kiri’s award-winning Sarah Lancashire.
As previously announced, Gere — in his first major TV drama role — will star alongside McCrory and Billy Howle as the family at the heart of the series. The trio will be joined by BAFTA winner Lancashire as Angela Howard, a brilliant businesswoman-turned-MP and Leader of the Opposition, while Sinead Cusack and Ready will play Maggie and Nick, renegade journalists from the London-based newspaper that Max (Gere) owns.
Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots) has been cast as Lauren, a senior executive with the company and trusted adviser to Max. Danny Sapani (Black Panther) will play Jahan Zakari, the first Muslim Prime Minister of the UK, with Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) cast as Scott, an enigmatic and damaged figure who McCrory’s character Kathryn becomes entangled with.
Sounds like a winner to us. More news etc.