The upcoming AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, two of Britain’s most charming men, as they go head-to-head in the sort of knotty espionage tale that could only be based on a John LeCarre novel. Directed by Susanne Bier, the contemporary spy drama is much anticipated, making any peek at it is most welcome.
So today, Indiewire is very happy to offer up an exclusive first look at the key art for “The Night Manager.” But more importantly, we got to speak with executive producer Simon Cornwell via phone about crafting the image: “We went through a few concepts, but this was the one that we liked,” he said. “This brings together the key themes to the piece in quite a striking way.”
About the miniseries, which follows Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he seeks to embed himself in the world of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Cornwell seemed almost regretful that they couldn’t feature more of the show’s extraordinary cast (which includes Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander, Russell Tovey and Olivia Colman) in the poster. “We were blessed because in lots of ways it became a club that actors wanted to join. With Hugh and Tom on board and Susanne as director, it was an irresistible package.”
But the key art is able to emphasize the many filming locations, which included London, Morrocco, Switzerland and Turkey. Being able to travel to all those different places within the series was something Cornwell credited to the fact that they were adapting le Carré’s book as a miniseries, not as a two-hour film. “The book on which the show is based is a huge sprawling novel that travels the world, and we able to do basically the same,” he said.
Ultimately Cornwell is thrilled with the results: “You’ve got Hugh’s extraordinary stare from the magazine of the gun, coupled with Tom’s enigmatic face,” he said. “Like many good pieces of key art, there’s little that’s random at the end of the day.”
“The Night Manager” premieres April 19 on AMC. Check out the key art below.