The six-part series will explore the complex state of gender politics in the #MeToo era in the film and television industry.
Following the initial announcement that the series was commissioned at the start of 2020, it was today announced during the Edinburgh Television Festival, that Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller, Lolly Adefope, Robert Lonsdale and Adjani Salmon will be joining writers Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan in this timely series.
Alongside the main cast, it was also revealed that Paul Rudd, Peter Mullan and Amy Landecker will appear as guest cameos in Chivalry.
Emmy award-winning Wanda Sykes will star as Jean Shrill, a shrewd studio executive who arranges for Sarah Solemani's character, Bobby Sohrabi, a passionate indie-darling filmmaker, to take over as director of A Little Death, the problematic movie produced by Steve Coogan's character, Cameron O’Neill.
Cameron must navigate remaining relevant at a time when cancel-culture is all too real and is surprised when spending time with Bobby awakens a creative side of himself, which he thought had long since passed.
What will Jean do to keep her empire intact, and what will Bobby do to build one?
Sienna Miller will play Lark, the magnetic and dynamic leading actress of Cameron’s movie. A fighter, Lark is no stranger to The Hollywood Boys’ Club.
Lolly Adefope takes on the role of Cameron's new assistant Ama, who's eager to quickly climb the ladder of success. Whilst Robert Lonsdale is set to play Rick, the editor of A Little Death who aims to keep the film on track while often caught in the crossfire of Bobby and Cameron’s creative sparring.
Adjani Salmon joins the cast as Bobby’s patient and generous husband, Aston. Down on his luck from a failed start-up, Aston agrees to move to the tech-Mecca California with Bobby, hopeful to reinvent his career while Bobby strikes while the iron’s hot in hers.
Chivalry promises to offer a fresh new look on gender politics and romance, asking the question - Can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing authenticity? Granting the audience to laugh, while asking complex questions that we as a society often find hard to discuss.
Chivalry will air on Channel 4