AMC has released a new trailer for its six-part miniseries, “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. The show — the first TV adaptation of a John le Carré novel in more than two decades — stars Hiddleston in the title role, which you can be sure is a less unassuming job title than it sounds like. Also in the cast are Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. All six episodes will be directed by Susanne Bier, whose “In a Better World” won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film five years ago.
Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier recruited by an intelligence officer (Colman) to infiltrate the arms trade run by a businessman who almost certainly claims to be perfectly legitimate (Laurie). The new footage hints at a game of cat and mouse between the two men, both of whom put on airs of knowing more than the other — though only one of them can be right.
Colman isn’t especially familiar to American audiences, but she should be. Her work on “Broadchurch” has been excellent throughout its first two seasons, and ditto for her lead performance in the 2011 indie “Tyrannosaur.” This represents one of her more high-profile stateside projects, especially given the pedigree of other le Carré adaptations: “The Constant Gardener,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “A Most Wanted Man.” If moody espionage suits her talents as well as grim police procedurals, this could be her breakout turn.
“The Night Manager” premieres April 19 at 10pm on AMC.