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Colin Farrell has signed up to play harpooner and “brutish killer” Henry Drax in new BBC Two drama The North Water.
The Irish actor’s role in the four-part thriller marks his return to British TV after his breakout stint in the BBC’s Ballykissangel in 1998.
Novel - Name - Ian - McGuire - Series
Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Ian McGuire, the series will be adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh.
The book, set in the late 1850s, sees former army surgeon Patrick Sumner join a whaling expedition to the Arctic when he signs up as the ship’s doctor and encounters Drax on board.
Sumner - Journey - Psychopath - Survival - Arctic
Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with the murderous psychopath, and he then has to struggle for survival in the harsh Arctic wasteland.
In McGuire's book the murderous Drax - who rapes and kills a child - is described as "... a brute, a vacuum into which men and boys are sucked and do not emerge alive."
Haigh - Screen - Years - Leads - Part
Haigh, who also directed big screen hit 45 Years, said: 'Casting the right leads is the most important part...
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