Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AMC Orders Six Episodes of Miniseries 'The Little Drummer Girl' Starring Florence Pugh

AMC has just announced another miniseries adaptation of a John le Carré novel. Today, the cable channel has picked up a six-part miniseries of The Little Drummer Girl. Production will begin in January 2018.

Set in the late 1970s, the series is an espionage and international intrigue drama of love and betrayal. Set against the background of rising tensions in the Middle East, the story revolves around Charlie, a young actress who prepares for her ultimate role in "theater of the real."

Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) has been cast in the lead role.

Park Chan-Wook (The Handmaiden, Old Boy) will direct the adaptation, marking his television debut. He will executive produce with Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell, John le Carre, Mona Qureshi, Joe Tsai, Arthur Wang and Wonjo Jeong. Laura Hastings-Smith is a producer. Ink Factory, BBC and AMC will produce.

"After the tremendous reception by U.S. audiences to The Night Manager, we are thrilled to be working again with the Ink Factor and the BBC on another brilliantly plotted and deeply emotional John le Carré thriller, The Little Drummer Girl," said David Madden, President of Programming, AMC. "I read the book when it was published in the 1980s, and it's frightening and thought-provoking to recognize how relevant the story still is today. Florence Pugh is a gifted actress who will make a stunning Charlie, and Park is a filmmaker of extraordinary vision whose entry into the world of le Carré-style espionage should be irresistible."

"Of le Carré's many masterpieces, the one I love ahead of any other is The Little Drummer Girl," added Park. "At the core of this story is an extremely painful but thrilling romance. This is what makes the story universal, reaching beyond borders and languages and remaining incredibly current. Pugh is the most energetic young female actor I have seen recently."