The BBC has announced the two stars for its upcoming “pre-apocalyptic” crime drama Hard Sun, written by Luther creator Neil Cross.
Jim Sturgess (One Day, The Way Back) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) will play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies in contemporary London, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.
Cross has described the series, “Imagine the world you see when you look out your window… except it’s been given a death sentence. This isn’t science fiction. This is the real world. There’s no hero to come save us; no contingency plan… I’ve had Renko and Hicks and their world rattling round my head for a while now. I’m incredibly happy that, like me, they’ve found their
home at the BBC. I can’t wait for you to meet them.”
Robert Hicks (Sturgess) is a family man and a great, committed copper. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Elaine Renko (Deyn) is difficult and damaged… and utterly incorruptible. Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum. They also seriously distrust one other – and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world.
Jim Sturgess says: “I am very excited to be playing Hicks in this wonderful project. To work with Neil’s fantastic writing is a great opportunity and I hope we are going to create an amazing experience for our audience. I can’t wait to get started!”
Agyness Dean adds: “As soon as I read the first episode I was hooked. I’m such a fan of both Neil and Brian’s work, it’s an honour to join the Hard Sun team.”
Hard Sun will run for six hour-long episodes on BBC One later in 2017. The series is produced by Euston Films. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Great Expectations) is the lead director.