Caviezel, McKellen Taken Prisoner

AMC have announced that Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of The Christ”) and Ian McKellen (“The Lord of the Rings,” “X-Men”) have signed on to star in the six-part mini-series reinterpretation of the highly influential 1960’s British cult classic, “The Prisoner.”

AMC, ITV Productions and Granada International are co-producing the project with a worldwide premiere slated for 2009. Caviezel will play the title role of “Number Six,” a part that was originally made famous when played by Patrick McGoohan. Two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen will co-star playing the role of “Number Two.”

While the original series, which debuted in 1967, was a riff on Cold War politics, AMC’s reinterpretation will reflect 21st Century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security, and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.