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Tucci and Gambon to star in Sky drama Fortitude

Tucci and Gambon to star in Sky drama Fortitude
Pippa Considine
24 January 2014

Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, The Hunger Games), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) and Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World, Lucan) are to head the cast of Tiger Aspect's upcoming Sky Atlantic drama Fortitude.

The 12-part drama, created and written by Simon Donaldson (Low Winter Sun), will be filmed in Iceland and the UK.

Stuart Murphy, director, Sky Entertainment Channels, said: “2014 is going to be our biggest year yet. We will be commissioning drama at a world class scale and ambition and Fortitude is the first of those pieces. Set against the beauty of the Arctic landscape, it tells the story of an apparently idyllic community coming to terms with a murder at its heart. This will be cinematic drama on a grand scale with a cast of truly great actors.”

Also starring are Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Good Vibrations), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, The Woman In Black), Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and Johnny Harris (This is England).

When a murder happens in the Arctic village of Fortitude, the local chief of police, Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Dormer), has to investigate alongside DCI Morton (Tucci), the detective who has flown into Fortitude so fast that questions are being asked about how much he knew, and when. As these two cops try to make sense of the killing, each finds compelling reasons to mistrust and suspect the other.
The murder is a catastrophe for Hildur Odegard (Gråbøl), the town’s governor. It threatens her ambitious plans to transform Fortitude from a mining town into a site for high-end tourism. And for Henry Tyson (Gambon), a wildlife photographer who only has weeks left to live, the murder is the catalyst to unearthing Fortitude’s darkest secret.

Also key to the story are Charlie Stoddart (Eccleston), an English scientist who heads up the Arctic Biology department at the Fortitude Arctic Research Centre, talented young scientist Vincent Rattrey (Treadaway), the newest member of Burke’s team, and Jules Sutter (Raine), who is married to Frank Sutter (Pinnock), Fortitude’s chief search and rescue pilot.

Julia Barry, director, Sky Atlantic HD added: “Our audience loves great, world-class story-telling and so Fortitude  is a perfect fit for Sky Atlantic. We’re thrilled to welcome Stanley - in his first British television role – and the rest of this amazing group of actors to the channel.”

Tiger Aspect Productions Limited is producing under its Fifty Fathoms Label. Executive producers for Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect are Patrick Spence (Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation), Simon Donald, Andrew Woodhead (Spooks, White Girl) and Frith Tiplady (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders).  For Sky Atlantic, executive producers are Anne Mensah and Cameron Roach.

Other key production crew include series producer Matthew Bird (The Street), lead director Sam Miller (Luther, Good Cop) and production designer Gemma Jackson (Game of Thrones, John Adams).

Sky Vision will be handling international distribution, including the US.

FORTITUDE will be shot on location in early 2014 and will transmit exclusively on Sky Atlantic HD in late 2014.

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