Your television screens will soon have 100% more Tom Hiddleston. THR reports that the Avengers actor and House star Hugh Laurie are attached to lead a limited series adaptation of the John le Carre novel The Night Manager, which is fielding heavy interest from a number of U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup. The BBC is developing the project to air in the U.K. with David Farr (Hanna) penning the adaptation. The espionage drama revolves around a former British soldier who teams up with intelligence operatives to go undercover in order to avenge the death of a friend. Hiddleston most recently appeared on the small screen as part of the miniseries The Hollow Crown, while The Night Manager would mark an anticipated return to TV for Laurie following the end House, M.D. in 2012.
Hiddleston isn’t leaving the film world behind, though, as he recently signed on to lead the King Kong redo Skull Island and stars in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak. Laurie will next be seen in Brad Bird’s secretive Tomorrowland, opening next May. Given the high-profile nature of the stars, expect The Night Manager to find a U.S. home very quickly. Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.
Here’s a synopsis for John le Carre’s The Night Manager:
Enter the new world of post Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. The sinister master of them all is an untouchable Englishman named Roper. Slipping into this maze of peril is a former British soldier, Jonathan Pine, who knows Roper well enough to hate him more than any man on earth. Now Personal vengeance is only part of why Pine is willing to help the men at Whitehall try to bring Roper down…. [BN.com]