The BBC's next sweeping spy epic is set to enlist the help of two notable American actors.
Christopher Walken and Winona Ryder are set to join the cast of writer/director David Hare's sequel installments to the BBC's 2011 thriller "Page Eight."
The two join a stacked ensemble cast, including the returning Bill Nighy, who reprises his role as British intelligence officer Johnny Worricker for the two remaining installments of the Worricker Trilogy, entitled "Turks & Caicos" and "Salting The Battlefield." Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are also both on board to reprise their roles, as well as Judy Davis, who earned a supporting actress Emmy nomination for her role in the original tv movie.
"We have assembled a most extraordinary cast for these two films," said Hare. "I think there may be two reasons - first and foremost, because so many actors want to appear alongside Bill Nighy, but secondly, because people responded so strongly to the feeling of Page Eight – all the fun of spy fiction, I hope, but, for once, bang up to date and based in the real intelligence dilemmas of the last 10 years."
"Page Eight" revolved around Worricker uncovering a nefarious plot to turn British intelligence bureau MI5 over to the prime minister's control after the head of the organization met a suspicious demise. The new films will pick up right where the original left off, with Nighy's character leaving MI5 to assist the CIA in a related investigation.
Controller of BBC Janice Hadlow said of the exciting new project, "David Hare's outstanding films and incredible cast are testament to BBC Two's commitment to original British drama and I am delighted to welcome him back to the channel."