Stellan Skarsgård to headline “The River”

Stellan Skarsgård


Stellan Skarsgard is following in the footsteps of 3 of his sons and has signed on to appear in a television series, in a brand new drama for the BBC titled The River. According the Digital Spy he will play the main character of police officer John River.

The BBC are on a bit of a roll at the moment producing great dramas such as the internationally renown Sherlock and Peeky Blinders, so hopefully The River will be another great addition. It has been written by Emmy award winning screen-writer Abi Morgan. 6 hour long episodes have been commissioned and will air in the UK (and most probably everywhere else) in 2015.

Skarsgård has been cast as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault is the fragility of his mind.

The character is haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Last Tango in Halifax‘s Nicola Walker will play his colleague and confidant, Detective Sergeant Jackie Stevenson.

Other cast members include Adeel Akhtar as Detective Sergeant Ira King, Lesley Manville will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read.

Eddie Marsan also joins the cast as a notorious killer who haunts River.

Abi Morgan said: “A show like River needs broad shoulders and I can’t think of anyone better than Skarsgård to take on this challenge and lead this brilliant cast.”

Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, said: “We’re thrilled to have such a fantastic cast joining Skarsgård and I know that they, along with Abi Morgan’s incredible script, will make River an unmissable series.”

The series will be directed by Richard Laxton and will comprise six hour-long episodes. River will be on BBC One next year.

So we now have 3 Skarsgards to look forward to on our televisions next year, with Gustaf returning in Vikings Season 3 and Bill in Hemlock Grove Season 3 (final season).

Unfortunately no sign on Alexander on our small screens next year, as we await the release details for his movie Diary Of A Teenage Girl and then Tarzan The Untamed, due in July 2016.

(Pic from theguardian by Getty Images)


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