It’s hard to tell the gangsters and bankers in the new trailer for AMC’S global organized crime thriller, McMafia. In the classic age of crime, there were banks and robbers and in between were local and federal cops. In McMafia, the gangsters are global. The arch-criminals are protected under the Golden Arches of international franchise. The eight part series will premiere Monday, February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET, AMC announced at the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour.
Inspired by Misha Glenny’s best-selling book McMafia, the series was created by Hossein Amini (The Snowman, Our Kind of Traitor) and James Watkins (Black Mirror, The Take). The series stars James Norton and Juliet Rylance, and features David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, and Good Luck), Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game of Thrones), Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) and Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3, Terrorist Ivanona).
McMafia follows Alex Godman (Norton) as he is “drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organized crime,” reads the official synopsis. “As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Rylance). But when his family’s past returns to threaten them, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.”
The series begins as a survival story flavored with cold revenge, and transforms into an “epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself.” AMC promises McMafia will be “both global in scale and forensic in detail.” They describe it as “impressive and intimate, glamorous and gritty.”
You can watch the first trailer here:
McMafia is co-produced by the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures, in association with Twickenham Studios, and distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
McMafia will premiere Monday, February 26 at 10:00 p.m. on AMC.