We've been waiting to hear more about Park Chan-wook's The Little Drummer Girl ever since first learning about the project back in November, and today we've got one helluva update: according to Variety, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh will headline the BBC/AMC series. Wow.
“The Little Drummer Girl is adapted from the John le Carré novel of the same name. It follows brilliant young actress Charlie (Pugh) after she strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker (Skarsgård), an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot orchestrated by Israeli Spymaster Kurtz (Shannon)."
It's difficult to wrap our heads around something this awesome: we're talking about a Park Chan-wook adaptation of a John le Carré spy novel starring Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh. How will that not be the most significant televisual event since Quantum Leap? It's got slam dunk written all over it.
Anyhoo, here's Chan-wook talking about Shannon's role in the series:
“The first time I saw Michael was as one of the genius actors who delivered wonderful performances in Revolutionary Road, and ever since I’ve remained his loyal fan. I believe Michael will make the perfect Kurtz, a man scarred by history and carrying burdens all too heavy on his shoulders, an Israeli ‘Captain Ahab’ obsessed by his biggest and most elusive nemesis yet.”
There's no timeline in place yet for The Little Drummer Girl's arrival, but you can bet your sweet ass we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for further updates. Stay tuned for those as they roll in, and - in the meantime - feel free to hit the comments below to weigh in on the above: have you read this le Carré novel? Have you read any le Carré? Have you been reading as often as you should? Let's be honest with ourselves and our fellow commenters.