“Mad Men” and “Fringe” actor Jared Harris has scored the a key role in “The Terror,” AMC’s new anthology drama series based on the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios will produce.
The story is set in 1847 and deals with the real life disappearance of Captain Sir John Franklin’s Royal Navy expedition crew, consisting of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and their search for the Northwest Passage. The wreck of the Terror was only found in real life earlier this month.
The series will take a fictional spin on events with the crew attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crews in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. David Kajganich is penning and will serve as showrunner alongside Soo Hugh.
Harris will play Francis Crozier, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition behind Sir John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds). He is a brilliant sailor and captain, but an Irishman who has reached his glass ceiling in the British Royal Navy and has become disillusioned with its pomp and politics.
Also omboard are Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames, Paul Ready as Henry Goodsir, and Adam Nagaitis as Cornelius Hickey. All will play integral members of the crew aboard the ships.
The project is getting a ten-episode straight-to-series order and is said to be an anthology which means the second season will likely tackle a very different story. Filming kicks offthis winter in Budapest with a 2017 premiere planned.