Michael Shannon Joins Cast Of The Little Drummer Girl

BBC One has announced that Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) will join Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) and Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) in Park Chan-wook’s (Old Boy) six-part adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, based on the novel by John le Carré.

In The Little Drummer Girl, brilliant young actress Charlie (Florence Pugh) strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker (Alexander Skarsgård), an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot orchestrated by Israeli Spymaster Kurtz (Michael Shannon).

Park Chan-wook says: “The first time I saw Michael was as one of the genius actors who delivered wonderful performances in Revolutionary Road, and ever since I’ve remained his loyal fan. I believe Michael will make the perfect Kurtz, a man scarred by history and carrying burdens all too heavy on his shoulders, an Israeli ‘Captain Ahab’ obsessed by his biggest and most elusive nemesis yet.”

Michael Shannon received Oscar nominations for Nocturnal Animals and Revolutionary Road. He can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award nominated The Shape of Water and Nicolai Fuglsig’s 12 Strong.