Thanks to the jaw-droppingly good “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin has established himself as one of the most promising directors around. We’re going to be all kinds of excited about any project he announces, and on his slate at the moment is the Janis Joplin biopic “Janis” (presumably not starring Jenna Maroney) and the four-part TV drama “Southcliffe” for British network Channel 4. The latter is penned by “Red Riding” scribe Tony Grisoni, and it looks like Durkin is starting to assemble a strong British cast for the project.
The show will center on the aftermath of a number of shootings that all take place in one day, and as told from the perspective of a journalist who grew up in the small titular market town where they occur. Grisoni describes the show as “an anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves is the face of ultimate darkness” – and we now know a bit more about who will portray those ordinary people. Durkin has managed to secure Eddie Marsan (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Happy Go Lucky”), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle), Rory Kinnear (“Quantum of Solace”), Sean Harris (“Prometheus”), Joe Dempsie (“Game of Thrones”), Kaya Scodelario (“Wuthering Heights”), Nichola Burley (“Donkey Punch”) and Anatol Yusef (“Boardwalk Empire”) for the drama.
It’s a really impressive cast, and we’re particularly happy to see among that list Eddie Marsan, who this writer would rate amongst the very finest character actors working today. The project sees Joe Dempsie and Kaya Scodelario (who is surely a Hollywood leading lady in waiting) reunite for the first time since making their names in “Skins,” while Scodelario will also reunite with her “Wuthering Heights” co-star Nichola Burley who is another underrated talent. Importantly, they’re all impressive actors in their own right, and after seeing the performances Durkin was able to draw from Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, we can’t wait to see his work with this cast.
Production begins on “Southcliffe” this month and will air in 2013. [ScreenTerrier]