Tom Weston-Jones, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid and Franka Potente…
Here's some news about a show I'm now even more excited to see: BBC America's original drama "Copper" has found its lead actors.
Tom Weston-Jones, who has starred in "MI-5," will play Irish-American copper Kevin Corcoran in the series set in 1860s New York City.
Kyle Schmid ("Blood Ties," the recenetly aired "Three Inches" pilot for Syfy) stars as Robert Morehouse, Corcoran's friend and the son of a Manhattan aristocrat. Anastasia Griffith ("Royal Pains," "Damages") plays Elizabeth Haverford, whom I'm guessing is a love interest. Franka Potente ("The Bourne Supremacy," "Run Lola Run") stars as Eva Heissan, the Madam of Eva's Paradise.
The announcement was made today by BBC America, Cineflix Studios and Shaw Media, who have partnered to create the series for BBC America this summer.
The announcement included key production hires as well: Steve Cosens ("Durham County") has signed on as director of photography, John Blackie ("Hell on Wheels") is production designer, and Delphine White ("Breakout Kings") is costume designer.
Here's what BBC America has to say about "Copper:"
"COPPER is a gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City, and centers on Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city's notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots--the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work--takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever."
The series is created by Tom Fontana ("Oz," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "St. Elsewhere") and Will Rokos ("Monster's Ball," "Southland"). Among the co-executive producers on the series are Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson ("Good Morning, Vietnam," "Rain Man") and Christina Wayne, president of Cineflix Studios ("Broken Trail" and executive in charge of "Mad Men" at AMC).
The series premieres on BBC AMERICA in the summer of 2012 and in Canada on Shaw Media's Showcase in fall 2012.