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Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston for Fortitude

An all-star cast leads the ambitious new original Sky Atlantic drama.

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An all-star cast has been announced for forthcoming original Sky Atlantic production Fortitude.

The new series centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and will be filmed in the UK and Iceland. The cast includes Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), Sofie Grabol (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife), Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and Johnny Harris (This Is England).

The synopsis for the show is:

Fortitude is a place like nowhere else. Although surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now. In such a close-knit community a murder touches everyone and the unsettling, mysterious horror of this crime threatens the future of the town itself.

Stuart Murphy, Director, Sky Entertainment Channels, said: “Sky brings customers quality entertainment like no one else and 2014 is going to be our biggest year yet. We will be commissioning drama at a world class scale and ambition and Fortitude is the first of those pieces. Set against the beauty of the Arctic landscape, it tells the story of an apparently idyllic community coming to terms with a murder at its heart. This will be cinematic drama on a grand scale with a cast of truly great actors.”

Julia Barry, Director, Sky Atlantic HD added: “Our audience loves great, world-class story-telling and so Fortitude is a perfect fit for Sky Atlantic. We’re thrilled to welcome Stanley – in his first British television role – and the rest of this amazing group of actors to the channel.”

Fortitude is expected to air on Sky Atlantic in late 2014.

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