David Tennant has been cast in the lead of a three-part legal thriller "The Escape Artist" for BBC One.
The former "Doctor Who" star will play Will Burton, a lawyer with the titular nickname which speaks to his uncanny ability to get his clients out of tight legal corners. However, things get hairy when his talents acquit a prime suspect in a murder trial and unforeseen consequences follow.
The drama, created and written by "MI-5" and "Spooks" producer David Wolstencroft will delve into the blood and guts of the legal system. Wolstencroft explained, "I wanted to write a thriller set in the legal world that's as much about those primal feelings as it is about the twists and turns of the case. David Tennant is one of the most accomplished and iconic actors of his generation. I cannot wait to see him in Will's shoes."
Tennant has been making the rounds lately, already set to star in the two-part BBC America mini-series "Spies of Warsaw" and was recently cast in the lead of the ensemble "Broadchurch", also for the BBC.
Producer Hilary Bevan Jones said in a statement, "The outstanding cast we have assembled, which is headed by David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo and Ashley Jensen, is a testament to David's breathtaking and original script. Directed by Brian Welsh and produced by Paul Frift, I believe The Escape Artist will be one of the most anticipated TV drama events of 2013."