If there is ever a filmmaker who knows how to flesh out the best from a multilayered crime thriller, you can bet it’s Gareth Evans whose handling of The Raid films also showed multiple degrees of brutality against flesh with fight scenes that weren’t afraid to stain everything in the room red.
Having recently helmed Netflix’s Apostle you can especially adhere to that fact, while Evans moves onward to the playing field of TV with upcoming contemporary minidrama, Gangs Of London. With the 10-part series now filming, trade news casting announcements are now leading off with Joe Cole, BIFA Best Actor winning star of prison Muay Thai drama, A Prayer Before Dawn, and with The Huntsman: Winter’s War actor Sope Dirisu.
via THR: Set in one of the world’s most dynamic, multicultural cities — one that is torn by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it — Gangs of London will chronicle the power vacuum created when the head of a crime organization is assassinated and how his death threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs.
The show hails from Pulse Films in association with Sister Pictures for Sky and HBO’s Cinemax and will have Evans shepherding all ten episodes, and with most featuring intricate, choreographed fight scenes. The Nun helmer Corin Hardy will be on hand to direct three of the ten episodes with Hitman director Xavier Gens shooting two.
Rounding out the cast are Lucian Msamati (Black Earth Rising, Kiri), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, The White Princess), Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Child 44), Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow, The Girlfriend Experience), Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians, The Romanoffs), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots, MotherFatherSon), Brian Vernel (Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Orli Shuka (War Machine, Hyena), Richard Harrington (Hinterland, Poldark), Jude Akuwudike (Beasts of No Nation, Sahara) and Emmett J Scanlan (Butterfly, Peaky Blinders).