Jamie Dornan, HBO Max Board ‘The Tourist’ From ‘Fleabag’ Producer

Jamie Dornan
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Jamie Dornan

Danielle Macdonald, Shalome Brune-Franklin and Hugo Weaving have also joined the six-part series, due to shoot in Australia later this year.

Jamie Dornan, most recently seen facing comedic critical fire for his much-slated Irish accent in Wild Mountain Thyme, is heading down under. The Fifty Shades of Grey star is to lead The Tourist, the Australia-set mystery thriller from Two Brothers Pictures, the Emmy-winning production company behind Fleabag and The Missing.

Danielle Macdonald, Shalome Brune-Franklin and Hugo Weaving have also joined the cast for the six-part series, which HBO Max has now boarded for U.S. rights alongside German public broadcaster ZDF and is due to start production later this year. As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the series was commissioned by the BBC and Australian partner Stan in early 2020.

Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.

Macdonald (Dumplin', Patti Cakes) will star as Helen Chambers, a fledgling probationary constable, and Brune-Franklin (Line of Duty, Roadkill) is set to play Luci, a waitress who’s swept into The Man’s journey for answers. Weaving (The Lord of The Rings, Patrick Melrose) plays Agent Lachlan Rogers, one of the most highly regarded detective inspectors in Australia, leading major crime for the state police.

"The Tourist are some of the most exciting scripts I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to go to Australia with such a talented group of people," said Dornan.

"We're hugely excited about this show. It's tonally breaking new ground for us, and having Jamie Dornan on board is the icing on the Australian cake. Thrilled to be working with Chris Sweeney again as well as the BBC, HBO Max, Stan and ZDF," added Harry and Jack Williams, writers of The Tourist and managing directors of Two Brothers Pictures.

"I’m very excited to be slipping into the skin of one of the fabulously idiosyncratic characters who people the desert landscape of The Tourist," said Weaving. "The scripts are wonderful. Dark and shocking, surprising and hilarious and always very human. This is a tonally uniquely project and should be an unforgettable ride and shoot for us all."

The Tourist is a production from Two Brothers Pictures, part of All3Media, for the BBC, in association with Highview Productions, All3Media International, the South Australian Film Corporation, HBO Max, Stan and ZDF.

The Williams brothers, alongside Christopher Aird (Baptiste, Liar, Clique) and Andrew Benson, will serve as executive producers for Two Brothers Pictures and Tommy Bulfin (Normal People, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders) for the BBC. Lisa Scott (A Sunburnt Christmas, The Hunting) will produce and Chris Sweeney (Liar, Back to Life) will executive produce and direct. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer.

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