2:51pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Tom Hiddleston to Star in Netflix Political Thriller
Tom Hiddleston is returning to television.
The Night Manager alum and star of Disney+'s forthcoming Marvel spinoff series Loki is set to topline the Netflix political thriller White Stork, a 10-episode drama from the producers behind the streamer's breakout Sex Education.
Here's the official logline: When James Cooper (Hiddleston) is selected to run for a seat in parliament, Asher Millan is sent to vet him for primetime. But she quickly uncovers potentially damaging secrets buried deep in James’ past. Secrets that will threaten to blow everything apart — his career, his marriage, even the powerful people backing his campaign. White Stork is a political thriller about the paradox of truth in a post-truth world.
Christopher Dunlop created the series, which is being directed by Kristoffer Nyholm. The project hails from Eleven, the company behind Sex Education.
White Stork returns Hiddleston to television after he won a Golden Globe and picked up an Emmy nomination for his lead role on AMC's British limited series The Night Manager. The actor next reprises his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Loki for Netflix's rival streamer Disney+.
Hiddleston's casting arrives as Netflix is making a concerted global content push as it looks to expand subscribers while also competing stateside at the Emmys. The streaming giant, which has been on a cancellation streak of late, continues to re-evaluate its originals as it weighs whether its $17 billion budget is better spent on new series or additional seasons of existing scripted originals.
Sex Education, meanwhile, launched its second season last month and is awaiting word on a third.