Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg Directs Peacock Show – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a Huge Transatlantic Project For You: The Team Behind The Golden Globe Award-Winning BBC / PBS Drama Wolves room, including Oscar winner Mark Rylance, come together to create cybersecurity series The undeclared war for NBCUniversal streamer Peacock and UK broadcaster Channel 4.

The six-part series is written and directed by seven-time BAFTA-winner Peter Kosminsky and is hosted by the Emmy-winning producer’s UK and New York production company Playground. NBCUniversal International Studios is co-producing.

Rylance, who picked her Oscar for Steven Spielberg Bridge of spies, will play alongside another of Britain’s top exports: Impossible mission and Shaun of the Dead actor Simon Pegg. Other actors include Adrian Lester (Riviera), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Alex Jennings (The crown) and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown.

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The undeclared war takes place in the post-pandemic world of 2024 against the backdrop of an upcoming UK general election involving Britain’s first black Conservative Prime Minister (Lester). He follows a team of leading analysts at the heart of the UK’s NSA-style spy agency GCHQ as they attempt to fend off a cyber attack on the country’s electoral system.

Pegg plays Danny Patrick, GCHQ’s COO, while Rylance plays John Yeabsley, a GCHQ alumnus, who is brought back into the fold to help former colleagues fight the heightened threat level. Khalique-Brown is Saara Parvan, a young student who works in the malware department at GCHQ, while other characters include Kathy Freeman (Richardson-Sellers), an American cyber analyst attached to the NSA’s GCHQ, and GCHQ chief David Neal (Jennings).

Kosminsky has been studying the series for three years, reaching intelligence experts in the UK and U.S. The series is fertile ground at a time when elections were hardly more vulnerable to cyberwarfare than it did. ‘is a direct attack on an electoral system or disinformation campaigns, such as Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Kosminsky wrote four of the six episodes, while Salisbury poisonings The duo Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson also collaborated on the series, as Deadline first revealed last June. Amelia Spencer (Dead birds) also wrote on the show, which was first announced in 2018 when it was conceived as a 10-episode series for Channel 4. Executive producers are Kosminsky alongside Callender and Noelette Buckley for Playground. Robert Jones (Babylon) is the producer.

“The series is based deep in the lesser-known arm of the UK’s intelligence infrastructure, GCHQ,” Kosminsky said. “The story we are now able to tell sheds an extraordinary and revealing light on the hot and undeclared war currently unfolding in the world’s newest and most invisible realm of conflict – cyber. Callender added: “The undeclared war is a mind-boggling uplifting tale that brings to life a world never before seen on television or in movies. “

Caroline Hollick, director of drama for Channel 4, described it as a “truly memorable series,” while Lisa Katz, president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said she “will keep viewers on the verge of their lives. seat”.

NBCUniversal Global Distribution manages the international sales of the series.

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