John Le Carre remains one of the most recognizable authors in all of pop culture. Many of his stories have been adapted for the screen, both in film and on television. “The Night Manager” adaptation won Tom Hiddleston a Golden Globe. One of the networks most responsible for bringing Le Carre’s work to life has been AMC. They were not only behind “The Night Manager” but now they’re bringing “The Little Drummer Girl” to life. From director Park Chan-wook and starring Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård, and Florence Pugh, the new period series looks dynamite.
Yesterday at the Television Critics Association (TCA), AMC showed a sizzle reel for the new series. The period setting works extremely well, bringing to life the style of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The reel showcases performances from Shannon, Pugh, and Skarsgård, who all look to be early awards players for next years Emmys. Park’s direction looks slick and stylized, nodding to 1970s cinema in the process. A series of images have been released, which we included below.
“The Little Drummer Girl” follows a young actress Charlie (Pugh) in Greece, who meets a mysterious but intriguing man Becker (Skarsgård). After a night of fun, Becker brings Charlie into an international spy plot with terrorist hunter Kurtz (Shannon). Asked to pose as an undercover terrorist, Charlie must play the role of a lifetime. This looks like a real contender for the Limited Series prizes. With a November release will be eligible for Globe and SAG against “Sharp Objects.” Get ready for the fisticuffs this Fall in the television awards races.