The migration of top-shelf filmmakers and A-list talent to television continues, with the possibility of going long and deep (get your mind out of the gutter) seemingly enticing everyone at the moment. The latest iteration of this phenomenon is “The Night Manager” mini-series directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston. An adaptation of John le Carré’s novel of the same name, it’s about an ex-soldier working undercover to convict one of the world’s most powerful arms dealers under the watchful eyes of Britain’s MI6. However, he is not just driven by honorable motives but also by a personal vendetta. Here’s the synopsis from AMC:
A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s espionage drama – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager mini-series will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The eagerly anticipated series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
“The Night Manager” co-stars Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, on-the-rise newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, and Alistair Petrie. The six-part series is set to screen on BBC One on February 21st and AMC on April 19th, but it’s first few episodes will debut at the Berlin Film Festival later this week, so keep an eye out for our review. Meanwhile, a new trailer has arrived, and you can watch it below.