Irrfan Khan Boards World War II Drama (Exclusive)

The 'Slumdog Millionaire' star will topline a miniseries set to start shooting in Japan in early 2015

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan has boarded the Second World War TV miniseries from co-producers NHK of Japan, Canada's Don Carmody Television and FATT Productions in the Netherlands.

Khan will star in the TV drama, originated by NHK and based on a decadelong investigation into events in the Pacific during and after WWII. The miniseries, set to start shooting in Japan in early 2015, will be directed by Canadian Michael McGowan (Still Mine) and Dutch helmer Pieter Verhoeff.

The multi-passport project, to be shot mainly in English, will be delivered in August 2015, in time for the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Khan recently completed filming Jurassic World and is also best known for starring roles in Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man.

His deal for the WWII drama was negotiated by Don Carmody Television producer David Cormican, Takafumi Yuki for NHK and Sutapa Sikdar for Khan. The co-producers are in talks with other talent from Japan, North America and Europe.

NHK is working on the project with Don Carmody Television, a division of Don Carmody Productions, best known for movie co-productions like the Resident Evil and Silent Hill film franchises, and FATT Productions, whose credits include the Academy Award-winning film Antonia's Line.

NHK’s Toru Takagi will produce alongside FATT’s Hans De Weers and Don Carmody's TV’s Cormican. Takashi Enjo and Don Carmody will executive produce.