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Luke Evans has signed on for a true crime miniseries and he takes the responsibility very seriously. In The Pembrokeshire Murders he will play real life police officer Steve Wilkins, who in 2006 reopened two unsolved cases from the 1980s, reports BBC News. 

Two double-murders had gone cold, but with the development of new technology, Wilkins linked microscopic DNA and fibers to an already incarcerated criminal. While he was safely behind bars, the suspected killer was about to be released. If Wilkins’ instincts were correct, he only had a small window of time to prove his theory.

And, if not, a serial killer might be set loose on the unsuspecting public.

With this involving a number of people’s lives, the dramatization does call on sensitivity. Evans does not take that lightly, saying in a statement, “It’s a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken.”

We should also point out that Pembrokeshire is a southwest county in Wales and Evans grew up not so far from there in Aberbargoed.

The three-part series is being adapted from Wilkins’ true crime book, Catching the Bullseye Killer, which he co-wrote with journalist Jonathan Hill.

Filming will begin later this month, with the series set to air on ITV in the U.K. There isn’t a confirmed channel in the U.S. just yet, but we’ve been seeing British-releases land stateside shortly after.

This is coming from World Productions, the folks who made Bodyguard, which arrived to the U.S. three months after premiering on BBC One in the U.K. Let’s hope it’s a pattern.

If you’d like to get to know Evans a little bit better, here’s a snapshot of his earlier career. 

Do you tune in for true crime dramas? 

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Filed Under: Casting News, Luke Evans
By Brigid Brown