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Jim Sturgess is set to star in forthcoming series 'Hard Sun.' (Photo: Getty Images)

Clearly, we are huge fans of Neil Cross and his Idris Elba-starrer Luther, which airs on BBC America. And now the BAFTA winning writer has a new show in the works. Yes, it’s a cop drama, but don’t think he’s pigeon-holed by any means… this new BBC One/Hulu co-production has a twist.

Hard Sun is set in a near future, where Earth has been given a “death sentence,” according to Cross. In about five years to be exact. With that said, what’s to keep people in line if there’s nothing to lose?

That’s where Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Agyness Deyn (Patient Zero) come in, starring as London police officers:

While the setting sun provides a stunning backdrop in the above, based on the name the show, that ball of fire might be the source of disaster… which we see a hint of with the city of London crumbling behind the two officers.

And, more about the officers themselves, earlier this year, Deadline Hollywood provided details on the two characters, releasing the show’s official description: “Hard Sun centers on detectives Robert Hicks (Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Deyn), partners and enemies who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.”

It turns out the two “stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum,” but even so, “they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world.” To put it in more simple terms: Hicks is corrupt and Renko is not.

When the series was first announced by the BBC, Cross elaborated on the storyline and what the newly teamed partners are up against, saying, “This isn’t science fiction. This is the real world. There’s no hero to come save us; no contingency plan. What’s it like, trying to keep order, trying to enforce the law in a city that, day by day, slips closer to certain destruction?”

That is a profound question, and we shall see the answer play out in January 2018 when the series premieres on BBC One in the U.K. and Hulu in the U.S.

Sturgess is a familiar face, who you may recognize from 2007’s Across the Universe, 2012’s Cloud Atlas, and more recently in the miniseries Close to the Enemy (2016). You can also look for him in the forthcoming film Berlin, I Love You, opposite Dame Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. Dean, who is not quite a household name just yet, starred in 2010’s Clash of the Titans as Aphrodite and we can also look for her in 2017’s Patient Zero, opposite Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith.

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By Brigid Brown