Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen and Dominic West in ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes’ – Deadline

The BBC announced the casting for SAS: rogue heroes, Peaky Blinders Creator Steven Knight’s dramatized account of the formation of the British Special Forces unit in the darkest days of WWII.

Connor Swindells (Sex education) will play David Stirling, with Jack O’Connell (Northern Water) like Paddy Mayne, Alfie Allen (Game of thrones) like Jock Lewes and Sofia Boutella (Modern love) like Eve. Dominic West (Thread) will play Lt. Col. Wrangel Clarke.

Produced by Kudos, owned by Banijay, the series also features Amir El Masry (Industry), Theo Barklem-Biggs (Carnival Row), Corin Silva (The Bay), Jacob Ifan (Slam), Dónal Finn (Damn), Jacob McCarthy (The last summer), Michael Schaeffer (Chernobyl) and Miles Jupp (Great).

SAS: rogue heroes focuses on Stirling, an eccentric young officer, hospitalized after a training exercise gone awry. Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, he creates a radical plan that goes against all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest, and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create chaos behind enemy lines.

Knight said, “The people portrayed and who did such amazing things were young, in their twenties, and we made a conscious decision to choose people of the same age. We enter this project with a spirit of adventure and believe that our young and talented actors will do justice to this period in history.

Production is underway on the six-part series, starring Tom Shankland (The snake) staging. The drama will be produced by Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd for Kudos and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. Stephen Smallwood is the producer. Banijay Rights picks up the series.

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