'Gangs of London' Cinemax Series Sets Cast

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Joe Cole

Pulse Films' 10-part gangland thriller, which also will air on Sky, is now shooting in London.

Joe Cole, star of Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ" and A Prayer Before Dawn (for which he recently won best actor at the British Independent Film Awards), is set to lead the cast of gangland thriller Gangs of London alongside Sope Dirisu (Humans, The Huntsman: Winter's War). 

Coming from writer-director Gareth Evans (The Raid, Apostle), the miniseries is being produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister Pictures for Sky and HBO's Cinemax, and is now shooting in London. 

Joining Cole and Dirisu 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)

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 series was created by Evans and Matt Flannery, with Evans set to direct the majority of the 10 episodes, including all of the complex choreographed fight scenes, for which the director has become renowned. Corin Hardy (The Nun, The Hallow) will also take the director's chair for three of the 10 episodes alongside French director Xavier Gens (Hitman, The Divide), who will shoot two episodes.

The series will be produced by Hugh Warren (Hard Sun, Hanna) and will be executive produced by Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa alongside Sister Pictures’ Jane Featherstone and Sky’s Gabriel Silver.

Dirisu is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin. Cole is  repped by CAA and Troika.