Skarsgard joins Florence Pugh in the limited series, which hails from the Night Manager team of AMC, BBC and Ink Factory.
The story follows brilliant young actress Charlie (Pugh) who 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 (Skarsgård), an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real’. Set in the late 1970s, yet sharply contemporary, “The Little Drummer Girl” weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal.
Park Chan-Wook is directing and executive producing all six episodes.
“To play an enigmatic man who hides his true feelings deep inside, I couldn’t think of a more fitting actor,” Park said in a statement. “I believe Skarsgård’s growing depth as a great character actor and his soaring energy will elevate “The Little Drummer Girl” to a higher place.”
Other le Carré novels that have recently been adapted into successful movies and TV shows include The Constant Gardener, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man and Our Kind of Traitor, the latter two of which were also produced by The Ink Factory.
The Night Manager won two Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Skarsgard recently won an Emmy for his role on Big Little Lies. Though Season 2 is likely, he is not expected to return. Skarsgard is represented by CAA.