Carey Mulligan will star in new BBC and Netflix series Collateral.
The latest co-production from the Beeb and the streaming giant, the high-octane thriller is penned by playwright David Hare. Set over the course of four days, the four-part drama explores the spiraling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, tough and single-minded Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan) is determined to discover if there is a darker truth.
The ensemble cast will also include John Simm (Life On Mars, State Of Play), Nicola Walker (Spooks, Last Tango In Halifax), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful). Simm will play politician David Mars, who becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his troubled and unpredictable ex, Karen (Piper). While Jane Oliver (Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the only witness to the crime.
Hare is no stranger to the Beeb.
“I’ve been writing drama for the BBC since 1973, but this is my first original series. I’m thrilled that it has such a stunningly gifted cast,” he says.
He is also no stranger to Carey Mulligan: the screenwriter, director and producer (who wrote both The Hours and The Reader) previously penned Skylight, a recent production of which starred Mulligan, transferring successfully from the West End to Broadway.
Mulligan, meanwhile, is no stranger to audiences: she has been nominated for almost every major award, including a Tony, an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award.
Dexter and Jessica Jones director SJ Clarkson (Dexter, Jessica Jones, Love Nina, Toast) will helm what is being described as a “state of the nation” drama. Also co-produced by The Forge, it was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content.
Wenger says: “Collateral is a highly imaginative, thought-provoking and utterly contemporary state of the nation thriller written by Britain’s foremost political dramatist. It is a great honour to welcome Sir David Hare back to the BBC and to be working with both he and The Forge on this outstanding piece of original work.”
Executive Producers are creator David Hare, George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for the BBC and SJ Clarkson.
The show will premiere on BBC Two in the UK and will be released on Netflix in countries outside of the UK. Filming began this week.