British actor Rory Kinnear might not yet be a household name like his sometime co-stars Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Timothy Dalton, but he’s a face you’re sure to recognize.
He plays MI6 Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in Bond films Spectre, Skyfall, and Quantum of Solace, and a policeman interrogating Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, though you’d be forgiven for not realizing it’s him who plays the Creature in Penny Dreadful.
His latest role is in Guerrilla, a six-part miniseries being made by a transatlantic partnership between Showtime and Sky Atlantic. Until now, we only knew it was set during a particularly politically charged period in 1970s London, that it was written by John Ridley, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave, and would star Idris Elba.
Further details were announced yesterday (August 2), however, including Kinnear’s role as one of two police officers assigned to the Black Power Desk, a real-life counter-intelligence unit set up to investigate and destroy black activism. The other policeman will be played by Line of Duty‘s Daniel Mays.
In their sights are lovers Marcus (Eye in the Sky‘s Babou Ceesay) and Jas (Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto), who set up an underground cell after freeing a political prisoner. Also joining the cast are Nathaniel Martello-White (Misfits), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude).
Announcing the start of production, writer John Ridley was quick to praise the cast of “brilliant and dedicated” actors.
“I have wanted to tell this story for many years, and I feel a great sense of responsibility towards the people and era that we are portraying,” Ridley said. “We have been given a rare opportunity to explore the kind of narrative that we do not usually see on television, and with the kinds of artisans who are not typically represented.”
There’s just one actor whose role remains a mystery: the show’s co-producer and star Idris Elba.
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