BBC America to Co-Produce 'London Spy' With Ben Whishaw

FILM: Ben Whishaw
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Ben Whishaw (CAA, the U.K.'s Hamilton Hodell, Peikoff Law Office) will play Q in the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall," now shooting in the U.K. with Sam Mendes directing and Daniel Craig starring.

The British five-part miniseries comes to the U.S. next year

BBC America is teaming with BBC Two to co-produce British miniseries London Spy starring Ben Whishaw, and bringing it to the U.S.

The five-part mini follows Danny (Whishaw), an innocent young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. Joining Whishaw in the cast is Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Edward Holcroft.

London Spy will be directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge) and was written by Tom Rob Smith (Child 44). Production began in London this week.

“BBC America is thrilled to bring this gripping, first-class miniseries to our audience. London Spy is an utterly compelling contemporary story which has attracted a stellar cast, and we couldn’t be more excited to be co-producing Tom’s compelling script with BBC Two and Working Title Television," said Richard De Croce, senior vp programming at BBC America.

London Spy is produced by Guy Heeley, with executive producers Smith, Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television, as well as Polly Hill, BBC Two's head of independent drama commissioning.

BBC America will premiere the mini in the U.S. next year. London Spy joins a slate of co-productions for the U.S. cable network that also includes Atlantis and The Musketeers.