The man who would be 007 is coming to the small screen.
UK cable giant BSkyB has commissioned several new series to air on their group of networks, including Sky1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts, chief among them a mini-series based on the life of 007 creator/author Ian Fleming.
Tentatively titled "Fleming," the mini-series will revolve around a formative time in the author's life, when British Naval intelligence hired him to work a dangerous undercover mission deep in the heart of Nazi Germany. His real life spy experiences during this time helped shape the character of the iconic super spy.
Dominic Cooper ("The Devil's Double", "Captain America: The First Avenger") will be filling the titular role. "Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasized about being him has to be every actor's dream," said Cooper.
The four-part mini series is written by John Brownlow and Don Macpherson, with Mat Whitecross ("The Road to Guantanamo") attached to direct. Executive producer, Ecosse's Douglas Rae noted, "Ian Fleming's story is as dramatic and entertaining as any of the Bond films."
Additionally, the company announced that Australian pop star Kylie Minogue would return to television, appearing in a black comedy series "Hey Diddly Dee" opposite David Harewood ("Homeland"). The series is said to be a whodunnit-style mystery centered on a group of actors putting on a play about artist Andy Warhol. The project is notable as Minogue's first television role since her breakout years on the Australian soap opera "Neighbours."
Stuart Murphy, director of BSkyB's entertainment channels, said of the new series, ”These new commissions bring together world-class talent, both on and off screen, and are unique pieces of television that exemplify the scale of our ambition."