Jack O’Connell (“Godless,” “Starred Up”) is set to star alongside Colin Farrell in The BBC’s four-part adaptation of Ian McGuire’s Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel “The North Water” from production company See-Saw Films (“Top of the Lake”).
Part conspiracy and survival thriller and part whaling story, Farrell plays Henry Drax, an amoral brutish killer and harpooner in the late 1850s who sets sail on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.
He’s joined by disgraced ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner (O’Connell) as the ship’s doctor who is trying to escape a horrific past. The ill-fated journey soon becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.
The project is set to be penned and directed by “Lean on Pete” and “45 Years” filmmaker Andrew Haigh. The series is being produced as three hour-long episodes and a 90-minute finale, and filming kicks off this Fall.