Two Brothers Pictures (‘Baptiste’. ‘The Missing’, ‘Fleabag’) have announced that Jamie Dornan (‘Fifty Shades’ series) will lead the cast of new BBC One, Stan, HBO Max and ZDF drama series ‘The Tourist’.
Described as ‘a character-driven, mystery-packed, six-part thriller charting one man’s search for his identity’, ‘The Tourist’ will also star Danielle Macdonald (‘Patti Cakes’), Shalom Brune-Franklin (‘Line of Duty’) and Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings’).
Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.
Macdonald will star as Helen Chambers, a fledgling Probationary Constable, and Brune-Franklin is set to play Luci, a waitress who’s swept into The Man’s journey for answers. Weaving plays Agent Lachlan Rogers, one of the most highly regarded detective inspectors in Australia, leading Major Crime for the state police.
Full of shocking, surprising, funny and brutal turns, ‘The Tourist’ is set in a world populated by quirky, enigmatic characters and off-beat black comedy punctuates high-stakes action. At its heart however, is a story of self-discovery with a ticking timebomb underneath: as The Man starts to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now – and fast. Will he unlock the secrets of his identify before those who are trying to kill him catch up with him?
Jamie Dornan commented: “’The Tourist’ are some of the most exciting scripts I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to go to Australia with such a talented group of people.”
Harry and Jack Williams, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures said: “We’re hugely excited about this show. It’s tonally breaking new ground for us, and having Jamie Dornan on board is the icing on the Australian cake. Thrilled to be working with Chris Sweeney again as well as the BBC, HBO Max, Stan and ZDF.”
Heading into production in 2021, ‘The Tourist’ is produced by Two Brothers Pictures and written by Jack and Harry Williams in association with Highview Productions, All3Media International and the South Australian Film Corporation. Commissioned last year by BBC One in association with Stan, the Australian co-commissioning partner, HBO MAX is also confirmed as the US broadcaster and ZDF as the German broadcaster.
Further casting will be announced in due course.