10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes to Star in Epix Scripted Drama
Epix drama Berlin Station is solidifying its cast.
The Richard Jenkins spy drama has enlisted Hannibal's Richard Armitage and Powers' Michelle Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 10-part drama follows Daniel Meyer (Armitage), who has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. Meyer has a clandestine mission: to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named "Thomas Shaw." Guided by veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans), Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent — agent-running, deception, the dangers and moral compromises. As he dives deeper into the German capital's hall of mirrors and uncovers the threads of a conspiracy that leads back to Washington, Daniel wonders: Can anyone ever be the same after a posting to Berlin?
Armitage will play Meyer, and Emmy nominee Forbes (The Killing, True Blood) is set as Valerie Edwards, the no-nonsense administrator who serves as a Berlin Station Section Head.
They join a cast that includes Richard Jenkins as Steven Frost, a veteran of the Cold War who serves as the CIA’s chief of the Berlin station; and Rhys Ifans (Elementary) as case officer Hector, the darkly charming, tenacious agent who mentors Meyer.
From Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, the straight-to-series drama will be exec produced by Michaël Roskam (Bullhead), who will also direct the first two episodes. Spy novelist Olen Steinhauer (The Tourist), penned the premiere and will write and executive produce the series. Brad Winters (The Americans) is set as showrunner. Eric Roth (House of Cards), Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Keith Redmon and Luke Rivett also exec produce.The series bows in fall 2016.
Armitage is repped by WME and Sloane Offer; Forbes — who will return for the season two premiere of PlayStation drama Powers — is with UTA.