Casting announced for UK drama Sexy Beast

Prequel to 2000 film shooting in Liverpool stars James McArdle and Emun Elliott.

Cast have been announced for upcoming UK drama Sexy Beast, a prequel to the 2000 film starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley.

James McArdle (Mare of Easttown, Angels in America) will star as Gal Dove and Emun Elliott (The Rig, The Gold) as Don Logan.

The show follows Gal and Don as best friends and small-time thieves living the good life in ‘90s East London.

The series will explore Gal and Don’s complicated relationship as Gal finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s, while falling in love with adult film star DeeDee, played by Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Normal People) -originally by Amanda Redman.

Stephen Moyer (Shots Fired, True Blood) is Teddy Bass, a rising name in the gangster world, who Gal and Don are offered the chance to work with on a high-profile heist. Ian McShane originated the role of Bass in the film. Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Friday Night Dinner) is Don’s stern and formidable older sister, Cecilia.

Other cast members include: Eliza Bennett (Dynasty), Clea Martin (Hanna), Nicholas Nunn (The Victim), John Dagleish (The Third Day), Robbie Gee (Motherland), Paul Kaye (The Stranger), Lex Shrapnel (Infiniti), Cally Lawrence (Who Is Alice), David Kennedy (Hollyoaks), Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders), and Alice Bailey Johnson (This Is Going to Hurt).

Production is now underway in Liverpool for Paramount+.

Witer, showrunner, and executive producer Michael Caleo said, “I feel so fortunate to be able to explore these beautifully crafted characters a decade before we met them in the original story. This series has been a great passion of mine for many years and I cannot wait to see it come to life with this amazing cast.”

Not to be confused with the Netflix dating show of the same name….

Source: Variety

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