James Norton To Lead BBC’s “McMafia” Series

“Grantchester” and “Happy Valley” star James Norton has scored the lead role in BBC One’s upcoming event series “McMafia” based on Misha Glenny’s bestselling novel about global crime and its tentacles in the corporate world.

“Drive” scribe Hossein Amini and “The Woman In Black” director James Watkins are the pair behind the small screen adaptation with Watkins set to direct all eight episodes.

Norton will play Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia past. Godman has spent his life trying to escape that shadow and build his own legitimate business. He soon finds himself drawn into an underworld of international criminals, money launderers, corrupt politicians and ruthless intelligence agencies where he is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

Amini and Watkins head up a writing team that also includes David Farr (“The Night Manager”), Peter Harness (“Wallander”) and Laurence Coriat (Wonderland”). Cuba Pictures will produce.

Source: Deadline