AMC to Adapt John Le Carré’s “Little Drummer Girl” With Florence Pugh Starring


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AMC has set as its next John Le Carré miniseries adaptation, with actress Florence Pugh set to star in the lead role, Tracking Board has confirmed.

Pugh will play the lead role of Charlie in the six-part miniseries, set in the 1970s and described as an espionage and international intrigue drama of love and betrayal. Pugh’s character is a young actress who is recruited by the head of the Israeli spy into becoming a double agent, with the goal of down a Palestinian terrorist mastermind.

Like its previous le Carré collaboration The Night Manager, the adaptation is produced in partnership with Ink Factory and the BBC, which will get the UK airing rights.

“After the tremendous reception by U.S. audiences to The Night Manager, we are thrilled to be working again with the Ink Factory and the BBC on another brilliantly plotted and deeply emotional John le Carré thriller, The Little Drummer Girl,” said AMC’s new president David Madden in a statement. “I the book when it was published in the 1980s, and it’s frightening and thought-provoking to recognize how relevant the story still is today. Florence Pugh is a gifted actress who will make a stunning Charlie, and Park is a filmmaker of extraordinary vision whose entry into the world of le Carré-style espionage should be irresistible.”

AMC and BBC are also planning to adapt Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, with Simon Beaufoy writing and executive producing.

Other le Carré novels that have recently been adapted into successful movies and 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.


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