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Ukweli Roach to lead new BBC One drama Wolf

The six-part crime thriller, based on Mo Hayder’s acclaimed Jack Caffery novels, has been written and adapted by Megan Gallagher.

Ukweli Roach has been announced as the lead in Wolf, playing DI Jack Caffery, a young man searching for himself as filming commences in Wales.

Obsessed with the neighbour he believes murdered his ten-year-old brother in the nineties, Jack finds himself trying to right the wrongs of others, but at what cost?

In an isolated house in Monmouthshire, the wealthy Anchor-Ferrers family find themselves the victims of a psychopath’s cruel games, trapped and terrorised. When the two narratives collide, it’s a thrilling, nail-biting and deeply disturbing race against time.

Speaking about playing the lead in Wolf, Ukweli Roach said "I’m honoured to be taking on the role of Jack Caffrey in Wolf. Megan Gallagher has brought Mo Hayder’s dark storylines into focus in a way that will be challenging, but also every actor’s dream. I can’t wait to bring Jack to life..."

Also joining the ensemble cast are Sacha Dhawan and Iwan Rheon as mismatched professionals Honey and Molina, who are forced together on a job, Sian Reese-Williams as DI Maia Lincoln, a woman with a case to prove, Juliet Stevenson as intelligent yet neurotic housewife Matilda Anchor-Ferrers and Owen Teale as Matilda’s wealthy and well-connected husband Oliver Anchor-Ferrers.

Executive Producer for Hartswood Films, Elaine Cameron said "We are delighted to have attracted such an amazing cast into our wonderfully entertaining crime/horror world! It’s a real testament to the originality of Megan’s scripts. I am particularly excited about young actor Ukweli Roach playing the lead role of Jack Caffery - I guarantee once the series goes out he will be a total household name!"

To which BBC Drama's Commissioning Editor, Ben Irving added "Unsurprisingly, the combination of Megan’s brilliant scripts, Kristoffer Nyholm in the director’s chair, and the world-class creative team at Hartswood and APC, have attracted a phenomenal cast to this gripping and deliciously twisted drama. Mo Hayder’s characters are in safe hands. We can’t wait to bring the show to audiences on BBC One and iPlayer."

Wolf will be produced by Nikki Wilson, executive produced by Elaine Cameron for Hartswood Films, Laurent Boissel for APC Studios and Ben Irving for the BBC with Kristoffer Nyholm directing the first three episodes and Lee Haven Jones directing the final three.

Speaking about the new drama, Laurent Boissel, Executive Producer for APC Studios, said "We are thrilled to be partnering with Elaine and the Hartswood team on this exciting new project for the BBC. It is a major move for APC in the UK and we are lucky to be working with such talent both on and off the screen. We look forward to audiences in the UK and internationally being able to enjoy Megan’s adaptation of Mo’s fabulous books."

Wolf will air on BBC One


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