Get ready, folks, because FOX is bringing a familiar face to its 'Broadchurch' remake. TV Guide Magazine confirms that David Tennant — who currently stars in BBC America’s UK version of the show — has been tapped by the network to headline the U.S. remake as well.
Tennant's character, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, will be virtually identical to his UK counterpart in every way except for one: he'll be using an American accent this time around. (But...but we love accents!)
The Scottish actor — probably best known as the 10th doctor on the TV cult favorite, 'Doctor Who' — will be teaming up once again with the series original creator, Chris Chibnall, who's agreed to write the premiere episode. Additionally, Dan Futterman ('Capote') and Anya Epstein ('In Treatment') have signed on as executive producers and showrunners.
'Broadchurch' UK just finished wrapping its first-season run — which centered around the mysterious death of a boy in a small, seaside town — and will soon begin production on a second season. As for whether or not Tennant will be returning with it, that has yet to be decided. However, given his most recent project and busy schedule it would seem highly unlikely (or at least make for one heck of a commute). But as of now, everything's still up in the air.
FOX announced in August that it would be airing the American 'Broadchurch' as part of a limited series, very similiar to what '24: Live Another Day' and 'Wayward Pines' are expected to be. Production is scheduled to begin sometime in January and will air during the 2014-2015 TV season.
What do you think about this latest casting news? Are you bummed Tennant won't have an accent? Do you think an American version of 'Broadchurch' is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below!