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Jamie Dornan leads the cast for new BBC One thriller The Tourist

He'll star alongside Danielle Macdonald, Shalom Brune-Franklin and Hugo Weaving in this new six-part drama by Harry and Jack Williams.

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In February 2020, BBC One announced The Tourist a new character-driven, mystery-packed, six-part thriller charting one man’s search for his identity from Two Brothers Pictures and acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams.

Today they have revealed that Jamie Dornan will play the lead as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road.

An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive. Except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.

Speaking about his latest role, Jamie Dornan said "The Tourist are some of the most exciting scripts I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to go to Australia with such a talented group of people."

Joining Jamie, will be Danielle Macdonald who will play Helen Chambers, a fledgling Probationary Constable and Shalom Brune-Franklin who is set to play Luci, a waitress who’s swept into The Man’s journey for answers. Hugo Weaving also joins the cast as Agent Lachlan Rogers, one of the most highly regarded detective inspectors in Australia, leading Major Crime for the state police. And further casting will be announced in due course.

On playing Helen Danielle Macdonald said "Helen is a fascinating and intriguing character, I fell in love with her on page one. I ended up reading all the episodes in one sitting because I couldn’t put them down! I’m so excited to get to be a part of this incredible project and I can’t wait to start filming alongside the amazing cast and production team."

To which Shalom Brune-Franklin added "This story is really unique and I'm excited to be a part of bringing it to life with this brilliant team. I'm looking forward to adding to the thrilling mystery of these scripts with the wonderfully intriguing character of Luci. It's very exciting to be working on such a great project in Australia - it's going to be a lot of fun."

And Hugo Weaving said "I’m very excited to be slipping into the skin of one of the fabulously idiosyncratic characters who people the desert landscape of The Tourist. The scripts are wonderful. Dark and shocking, surprising and hilarious and always very human. This is a tonally uniquely project and should be an unforgettable ride and shoot for us all."

The Tourist promises to be full of shocking, surprising, funny and brutal turns and is set in a world populated by quirky, enigmatic characters and off-beat black comedy punctuates high-stakes action.

At its heart however, is a story of self-discovery with a ticking timebomb underneath: as The Man starts to uncover the mystery of who he was, he’s also forced to ask who he is now and fast. Will he unlock the secrets of his identify before those who are trying to kill him catch up with him?

Produced by Two Brothers Pictures in association with Highview Productions, All3Media International and the South Australian Film Corporation and was commissioned last year by BBC One in association with Stan, the Australian co-commissioning partner, HBO MAX is also confirmed as the US broadcaster and ZDF as the German broadcaster.

Harry and Jack Williams will serve as executive producers for Two Brothers Pictures alongside Christopher Aird and Andrew Benson and for the BBC, Tommy Bulfin. Produced by Lisa Scott, the series will be executive produced and directed by Chris Sweeney.

Following today's announcement, Writers and Managing Directors of Two Brothers Pictures, Harry and Jack Williams, said "We're hugely excited about this show. It's tonally breaking new ground for us, and having Jamie Dornan on board is the icing on the Australian cake. Thrilled to be working with Chris Sweeney again as well as the BBC, HBO Max, Stan and ZDF."

The Tourist will air on BBC One


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