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Colin Farrell to star in BBC drama The North Water

The Independent is reporting that Colin Farrell has signed on to lead the cast of the BBC’s four-part TV adaptation of Ian McGuire’s Man Booker Prize longlisted 2016 novel The North Water.

The series is being written and directed by Andrew Haigh and follows “a former army surgeon, Patrick Sumner, who joins a whaling expedition to the Arctic in the 1850s, led by Farrell’s murderous captain Henry Drax. The journey, though, is ill-fated, and Sumner finds himself struggling to survive in the harsh Arctic wasteland.”

“Casting the right leads is the most important part of any project and I’m thrilled to have Colin Farrell on board,” said Haigh. “I am a huge admirer of his work and can’t wait to see him bring Drax vividly to life.”

“Colin Farrell will bring a blend of brutality and humanity to Andrew Haigh’s superb adaptation of this savage novel,

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