Charlie Hunnam will star in new Apple TV+ series Shantaram, reports Deadline.
The Sons of Anarchy star, who has since starred in Pacific Rim and other feature films, will return to the small screen for international drama, which spans both Australia and India.
The series is based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel, which producers Anonymous Content and Paramount Television won the rights to (along with the sequel) several years ago in a fierce bidding war. This is not the first time the book, which has sold 6 million copies across 39 different languages, has been developed for the screen: in 2004, Warner Bros. paid $2 million for the book rights with Johnny Depp’s Inifinitum Nihil and GK Films set to produce a feature film adaptation, but the project never got off the ground. Roughly a year ago, Apple TV nabbed the rights to develop the show with Anonymous and Paramount in a similarly
a competitive situation and commissioned it straight-to-series.
Written by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Shantaram follows Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison hoping to get lost in Bombay. Cut off from family and friends, he finds a new life in the city’s teeming underworld.
Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) and Radhika Apte will co-star in regular roles. Roxburgh will play Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingale of the Australian Federal Police, and Apte will play Kavita, an Indian journalist hunting for answers.
Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) is set to direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series. Singer and Kurzel will executive produce with former Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, plus Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.
Production is expected to begin in Australia and India this October.