Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are joining the new John Le Carre television adaptation of his novel The Night Manager. The series is in its inception and has multiple networks bidding to carry it in the near future.
According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, WME is fielding multiple offers from U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup. At this point the adaptation — which is being developed in partnership with the BBC — is announced as a limited series.
British actor Tom Hiddleston has made a name playing a variety of characters and showing he has an incredible range. He is mostly known for playing the villain Loki in Marvel’s Thor/ The Avengers movies. In recent years, Hiddleston has become one of most sought after actors and is currently very busy, having accepted several offers for new films.
Hiddleston is also a theater actor, like many of his British colleagues and has made other television appearances including Wallander, Family Guy and National Theatre Live. Most recently, Tom was cast as Prince Hal/Henry V in the 2012 BBC TV miniseries The Hollow Crown, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s history plays.
However, the Le Caree adaptation would mark his first major incursion in the U.S. TV market in a starring role. But not to worry; Tom Hiddleston is one of the good guys and extremely talented, so viewers will have the pleasure of meeting yet another brilliant British actor (such as was the case with Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow, which became a huge hit, in part, thanks to the Brit).
Hugh Laurie doesn’t need much introduction for TV audiences; he is Doctor Gregory House in the hit series House M.D., about an antisocial, physically impaired physician, who solves mysterious medical cases along with his team and the use of his wit. The very popular show had a successful run from 2004 to 2012 and continues to be shown in syndication.
Laurie will be making his return to television, where he’s had a plentiful career, especially in the 90s and 2000s. Ever since House M.D. came to an end, Laurie has been laying low, with only one film to speak of (Mr. Pip) in 2012, but now, he seems to be making a comeback with two new films, Tomorrowland and The Canterville Ghost, which he voices.
Here is the synopsis for the 1993 espionage novel, The Night Manager, according the THR.
“Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor, crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie, with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketer who specializes in weapons.”
“The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.”
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