Richard Dormer has been cast as Sam Vimes in the new BBC America series based on the Discworld novels.
The irascible police chief in the fantastical city of Ankh-Morpork has long been a fan favourite among readers of Pratchett’s books. Now, he’s being brought to life by the man who gave Sky’s Fortitude its own gruff, dubious sheriff, and Game of Thrones the grizzled fighter Beric Dondarrion.
Captain of band of misfit cops in a city where crime is legal, Vimes will lead The Watch, an eight-episode series that follows the force as it rises up from decades of helplessness to save the city from catastrophe.
“I’m so thrilled to be part of this brilliant madness and mayhem,” Dormer said in a statement. “I was immediately drawn to the multitude of layers to Sam Vimes, and I find the dynamic between him and his band of disenfranchised comrades very compelling.”
Joining Dormer are Adam Hugill (1917), Jo Eaton-Kent (Don’t Forget the Driver), Marama Corlett (Blood Drive), Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines) and Sam Adewunmi (The Last Tree).