The Little Drummer Girl will likely evoke excitement from viewers who enjoyed the joint AMC/BBC intercontinental TV miniseries, The Night Manager, since it’s also a miniseries adaption of a spy novel by John le Carré.
Similar to The Night Manager (which appears to be returning), The Little Drummer Girl will brandish an impressive cast, headlined by the trio of Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh. Emmy-winning partners The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC will reteam and Korean director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden, the original Oldboy) will make his TV debut at the helm for the series.
The Little Drummer Girl Trailer
The Little Drummer Girl trailer has arrived.
The clip is teeming with the kind of espionage-imbued intrigue that one should expect from a John le Carré adaptation. The immediate take-away here is that Florence Pugh (at 22 years-old,) seems to be performing well beyond her years as Charlie, a British actress whose Greek vacation takes a shocking turn when she’s inveigled by a charming stranger (who’s with Israeli intelligence), named Becker (Skarsgård), into becoming a mole amongst a terrorist group. The dangerous op is run from the shadows by a spymaster, named Kurtz (Shannon).
The Little Drummer Girl Release Date
The Little Drummer Girl will premiere on AMC on Monday, November 19 at 9 p.m., kicking off a three-night event of two-hour episodes.
Here’s The Little Drummer Girl poster:
The Little Drummer Girl Details
Set in the 1970s, the six part miniseries will star Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as a “young, brilliant actress” who is getting ready for “her ultimate role” in the “theater of the real” against the backdrop of rising tensions in the Middle East. As the 1983 book’s official synopsis on Amazon reads:
“On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England’s bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals–but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the ‘theatre of the real.’”
The Little Drummer Girl was commissioned by the BBC’s Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger, AMC/Sundance TV’s Kristin Jones, and AMC/Sundance TV/AMC Studios’ David Madden. BBC, which adapted the le Carre novel, The Night Manager, will also air a series based on the book The Spy Who Came in From the Cold in the coming months.
“Personally speaking, I read the book when it was published in the 1980s, and it’s frightening and thought-provoking to recognize how relevant the story still is today,” David Madden, President of Original Programming for AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios, said in a statement. “Florence Pugh is a gifted actress who will make a stunning Charlie, and Park is a filmmaker of extraordinary vision whose entry into the world of le Carré-style espionage should be irresistible.”
Pugh recently starred in the independent film Lady Macbeth. She was nominated Best Actress by the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards last week. Pugh recently finished shooting Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family. She is currently in production on David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King. She will also play Cordelia in BBC/Amazon’s King Lear with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Park, who helmed Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance, is one of the best known Korean filmmakers worldwide.
“Of le Carré’s many masterpieces, the one I love ahead of any other is The Little Drummer Girl,” Park said in a January statement. “At the core of this story is an extremely painful but thrilling romance. This is what makes the story universal, reaching beyond borders and languages and remaining incredibly current.”
George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) directed the big screen adaption of The Little Drummer Girl starring Diane Keaton in 1984. Le Carre’s books have also been adapted into the films The Tailor of Panama (2001), The Constant Gardener (2005), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
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