The lead cast have been announced for BBC America’s first original scripted series Copper, a crime drama set in 1860s New York City. British MI-5 star Tom Weston Jones has nabbed the central role: Kevin Corcoran, a rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s rough Five Points neighborhood.
Canadian actor Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Robert Morehouse, a handsome bon vivant and part of Manhattan aristocracy, and Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains, Damages), as the sophisticated and spirited Elizabeth Haverford. And German actress Franka Potente — best known for roles in Run Lola Run and The Bourne Supremacy — will play Eva Heissan, a shrewd businesswoman and the Madam of Eva’s Paradise.
In the series, set to premiere this summer, police offer Corcoran (Weston-Jones) is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots — the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work — takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.
Copper has a strong pedigree: it’s co-created by Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball, Southland). Fontana and Rokos are co-executive producers alongside Barry Levinson and Christina Wayne, president of Cineflix Studios (Broken Trail and executive in charge of Mad Men at AMC). Three top production talents have also been hired to develop and execute the look and feel of 1860s New York — Steve Cosens (Durham County) has signed on as Director of Photography, John Blackie (Hell on Wheels) is Production Designer, and Delphine White (Breakout Kings) is Costume Designer.