September 30, 2022

The gangster series will be hitting screens in 2023. Get ready to meet a Sexy Beast!

One of the best of the new wave of British gangster movies to have come out in recent years is ‘Sexy Beast.’ The film, starring Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley is a violent, nasty, and foul-mouthed exercise in British filmmaking. It is also a brilliant and entertaining movie with a terrific performance from Kingsley as you’ve never seen him before. Today, Paramount Plus has announced that they are making an original UK drama series that will feature the original film’s writers, Louis Mellis and David Scinto, as executive producers, based on the film. And it will be the first original drama commissioned in the UK to debut across Paramount Plus internationally.

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Ben Kingsley And Ray Winstone Star In Sexy Beast

Paramount Plus has also announced the casting for the series. James McArdle takes over the role of Gal Dove from Winstone while Emum Elliott takes Kingsley’s character of Don Logan. Sarah Greene takes over the role of Deedee from Amanda Redman while Stephen Moyer takes Ian McShane’s role of Teddy Bass. And Tamsin Grieg will play Cecilia, Don’s stern and formidable older sister.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Paramount+ today announced casting for its upcoming original U.K. drama series, SEXY BEAST, which commenced production, filming on location in Liverpool. James McArdle (“Mare of Easttown,” “Angels in America”) leads the cast as Gal Dove, and Emun Elliott (“The Rig,” “The Gold”) stars as Don Logan – the duo are best friends and small-town thieves, living the good life in ‘90s East London. Sarah Greene (“Dublin Murders,” “Normal People”) is Deedee, a captivating adult film star, who has the potential to turn Gal’s whole life upside down. Stephen Moyer (“Shots Fired,” “True Blood”) is Teddy Bass, a rising name in the gangster world, who Gal and Don are offered the chance to work with on a high-profile heist. Tamsin Greig (“Episodes,” “Friday Night Dinner”) is Don’s stern and formidable older sister Cecilia. The prequel series will explore Gal and Don’s complicated relationship as Gal finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s while falling in love with DeeDee.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Produced by Chapter One Pictures, Anonymous Content and VIS, the international studio division of Paramount Global. The series is written by showrunner and executive producer Michael Caleo (“The Family,” “The Sopranos”) and the opening episodes are directed by Daniel O’Hara (“Brassic”), who also serves as executive producer. Sophie Gardiner (“Best Interests”) and Rupert Ryle-Hodges (“The Hollow Crown”) are executive producers for Chapter One Pictures alongside Nicole Clemens. David Scinto and Louis Mellis, the writers of the original film, also serve as executive producers and James Levison (“Endeavour”) joins as producer.

 

“I feel so fortunate to be able to explore these beautifully crafted characters a decade before we met them in the original story,” said showrunner Michael Caleo. This series has been a great passion of mine for many years and I cannot wait to see it come to life with this amazing cast.” Joining the ensemble cast for SEXY BEAST are Eliza Bennett (“Dynasty”), Clea Martin (“Hanna”), Nicholas Nunn (“The Victim”), John Dagleish (“The Third Day”), Robbie Gee (“Motherland”), Paul Kaye (“The Stranger”), Lex Shrapnel (“Infiniti”), Cally Lawrence (“Who Is Alice”), David Kennedy (“Hollyoaks”), Nitin Ganatra (“EastEnders”) and Alice Bailey Johnson (“This Is Going to Hurt”).

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JAMES MCARDLE. Photograph _copyright Joseph Sinclair

PARAMOUNT PLUS’ STRATEGY

The series, part of Paramount+’s strategy to commission 150 international originals by 2025, will debut in 2023 in the U.K., U.S., and other international territories where the streaming service is available. Paramount+ continues to expand its global footprint and is set to launch in France, GSA, and Italy later in 2022. SEXY BEAST is one of the first original dramas commissioned in the U.K. that will debut across Paramount+ internationally, with additional series including THE FLATSHARE, A GENTLEMEN IN MOSCOW, NO ESCAPE, and THE BURNING GIRLS.

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‘Sexy Beast’ is currently in production in Liverpool and will be released on Paramount Plus sometime in 2023. Keep checking back for further updates on this exciting story.

Source: Paramount Plus

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